Non-domestic rates (often called business rates) are the way in which businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic property contribute towards the costs of local authority services.
The occupier of a non-domestic property pays the business rates - usually this is the owner-occupier or leaseholder.
Local discretionary business rate relief scheme 2017/18-2020/21
Business rates revaluation 2017
Check your account online
Receive your bill by email
We can send business rates demands via email. To register email us at firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address you would like to receive your bills to. Quote your business name, address and if possible your account reference number.
Paying business rates
Business rate relief
For details of the different types of rate relief, including small business, hardship, charities, empty and part occupied properties visit the rate relief section.
Business rates - who does what
There are four key organisations involved in local government finance and each has a separate responsibility, these are:
- Department for Communities and Local Government - responsible for setting the overall government policy on local taxation for more information.
- Valuation Office Agency - assesses rateable values that are the basis for working out business rates bills.
- Valuation Tribunal Service - an independent, judicial body that has the power to deal with appeals relating to non-domestic rating (and council tax).
- Local (billing) Authorities - who are responsible for working out your business rates bill, giving any reliefs that may be due and for collecting the money.