Business rates

Commercial businesses contribute to local services through paying business rates, also known as non-domestic rates.

Business ratepayers can view their business rates account online and look up the amount of their next instalment by registering for a portal account.

How are business rates calculated? 

Every non-domestic property has a rateable value which is fixed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

We work out your business rates bill by multiplying the rateable value of the property by a multiplier. The multiplier increases each year in line with inflation.

  • The 2019-2020 standard rating multiplier is 50.4 pence
  • For small businesses (for an occupied premises with a rateable value below £50,999, except properties occupied by charities) the 2019-2020 rating multiplier is 49.1 pence

Business rates are charged on a day-to-day basis so if you occupy the property for part of the year, you’ll only pay for that portion.

Can I appeal against my rateable value?

You can find out about how to make an appeal on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.