Business Rates

Business Rates is also known as National Non Domestic Rates (NNDR).
Business Rates is a property tax on businesses and anything used for commercial purposes.
The rates bill of a property is determined by multiplying the rateable value by the ‘multiplier’. The rateable value is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and the multiplier is set annually, usually in March, by Central Government. What are the current multipliers?
Local Authorities collect the revenue from Business Rates. In England, the rates are partly pooled at Central Government level and redistributed to Local Authorities, and retained in part by billing authorities. This arrangement came into force on 1 April 2013 and known as the Business Rates Retention Scheme.
Business Rates Revaluation
VOA Guidance for Business Rates Payers  - Issued 30th September 2016


What are business rates?

Business rates is a local tax that is paid by the occupiers of all non-domestic/business properties, in the same way that council tax is a tax on domestic property.

Business rates are charged on most business properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.  However, the property does not have to be used for a business - if it is used for purposes which are not domestic, it is likely to be rateable. We will send you a business rates bill each year.


Roles and Responsibilities

The VOA sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information.

We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by Central Government) to calculate your business rates bill.


What is the Rateable Value?

The rateable value is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, which is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs.

A property's rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for, if it were available to let on the open market, at a fixed valuation date.

  • Until 31st March 2017, the rateable values will be based on a valuation date of 1st April 2008.
  • From 1st April 2017, the rateable values will be based on the valuation date of 1st April 2015.

If you think your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details here:


What is a revaluation?

The VOA regularly re-assess and update the rateable values of all business properties, usually every five years. This is called a Revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall.


How can I find out more?

For more information on the 2017 Revaluation, rateable values and business rates go to

You can also estimate your business rates bill, including any small business rate relief the local council may apply.

For more information on business rates use this link
Last updated: Friday 29th May 2020 04:47:34 PM