Business Rates explained

Why they are charged

Business Rates, or National Non-domestic Rates, are collected by local authorities for central government. The money is used to contribute towards the cost of providing local services. The rates are pooled by central government and redistributed to local authorities according to the number of people living in the area.

When they are charged

Business Rates are charged on most non-domestic properties and where a property is used partially for commercial use.

If you work from home, the part of the property that's being used for business purposes may be liable for Business Rates. The remaining residential part of the property will still be liable for Council Tax.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) takes a number of factors into account before an assessment can be made. Contact us using the details below for advice on your new or proposed situation.

How they are calculated

Business Rates are based on the "rateable value" of your property which is set by the Valuation Office Agency. 

Your bill is calculated by multiplying the rateable value by the relevant multiplier. Multipliers are set by government and reviewed in line with inflation each year.

You can use our online service to:

  • find your rateable value

Find now

Rateable values are reviewed every five years. If you wish to appeal your rateable value, or you are not sure if you are paying for part or whole of the building, please visit the VOA website.

For further information regarding how Business Rates are administered please refer to the guidance notes 2016-17, and the guidance notes 2017-18.