A brief overview of business rates
Businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic properties pay non-domestic rates (often known as business rates) to directly contribute towards the costs of council services.
The council collects non-domestic rates, which are then pooled by the Government, and redistributed back to local councils. This money, together with revenue from council tax collection and Government grants, is used to pay for the services provided by your council and other local authorities such as the County Council and police in your area.
Every five years the Valuation Office Agency carries out a revaluation of all the rateable values in England and Wales. The current revaluation comes into force from 1 April 2010 with the introduction of the 2010 Rating List. For further information on the revaluation process a fact sheet is available at . For advice on finding a professional rating agent a leaflet can be downloaded from the right of the page.
The revaluation due to take place in 2015 has been postponed in accordance with the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013. The current 2010 rating list will remain in place until 2017 when a new list will come into force to provide greater stability for businesses to encourage economic growth. Five-yearly revaluations will continue from 2017.
Business rates change of circumstance forms
Please complete and return the forms which can be downloaded from the righ of the page to notify us when you start the occupation of a business premises or vacate your business premises.
Business rates contact
If you would like further information, please contact us using the contact details on the right. The council's revenues and benefits service, which includes business rates, is provided by the council's contractors Capita Local Government Services.
Last reviewed: 29 - 04 - 2013