Business rates

Business rates (or non-domestic rates) are taxes collected by local authorities from the occupiers or owners of most non-domestic properties to help pay for local services. More information can be found on the business rates information pages and in the explanatory notes from the government - these form part of your demand notice.

You may be able to get business rates relief. There are a number of reductions that can reduce the amount you have to pay. Find out if you qualify and how to claim business rates reductions.

You can now pay your business rates over 12 months

From 1 April business ratepayers will have the option of spreading their business rates bills over 12 months.

If you wish to take up this offer, please contact us as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by accessing your online account information. Select the 'Contact Me' request option and in the subject box state that you would like 12 instalments. You will receive a bill to confirm the new instalment plan.

New discounts for retail premises

The government has announced two new types of help for business ratepayers in retail premises:

  • Up to £1,000 relief, in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, for retail premises with a rateable value of up to £50,000. More details on retail relief
  • A 50% discount for 18 months for businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for a year or more. More details on discount for re-occupation of empty retail premises

Small business rate relief

You can now continue to receive relief for 12 months even if you occupy an additional property which would previously have disqualified you. There is also a further extension of the temporary increase in the level of relief for the whole of 2014-15.

Manage your business rates online

Access your account information online – view payments and more. You can also save time, paper, costs and the environment by registering for bills by email.