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What is Business Rates?

Most non-domestic properties such as shops, offices, factories, warehouses, public houses, restaurants, and stables are assessed for Business Rates. The person/company benefiting from a property normally pays the Business Rates. This is usually the owner-occupier or leaseholder.

Explanatory Notes
From 2017/18 it is no longer a legal requirement for Local Authorities to issue Explanatory Notes with Business Rates bills. The  2021/22 Non Domestic Rates explanatory notes (PDF) [53KB] (opens new window)  can be viewed online, alternatively hard copies can be made available by contacting us on 01507 601111, selecting Business Rates.

Business Rates Assurance
We administer and collect Business Rates and are engaged in assurance activities to promote fairness and equity in the Business Rates system. In recognition of this, the Government has awarded additional funding to support us with this work. We are keen to ensure that all business premises are captured in the Local Rating List, that rateable values are correct and reflect any changes made since the last assessment.  You can check if premises are rated. If you run, or are aware of, a business that may not be rated (or that the assessment is out of date), please inform us on 01507 601111, selecting Business Rates.   All information supplied will be treated in confidence.

It is important that owners, tenants and occupiers of premises keep us informed of any changes that could affect the rates bill (for example, changes in occupation, liable party, exemptions and rate relief entitlements). Please help us to keep our records up to date by contacting us straight away.