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.
Business rates revaluation support
The VOA reassessed all rateable values with effect from 1 April 2017 (the 2017 revaluation) leading to significant changes in the amount of rates payable for some ratepayers.
In addition to the range of existing reliefs that can reduce the amount of business rates to be paid, the government announced three new reliefs in the Spring 2017 budget. The new reliefs are known as pub relief, supporting small business relief, and discretionary revaluation support relief. Read more about business rates reductions.