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.
Small business rate relief
If you think you might qualify for small business rate relief but but it is not showing on your account, there's still time and you could get relief going back as far as 1 April 2010 - apply now
With effect from 14 February 2014 you can continue to receive relief for 12 months even if you take on an additional property which would previously have disqualified you - find out more about small business rate relief
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 2014-15 and up to £1,500 in 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