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 - this has been capped at 2% for 2017-18 by the Government.

  • The 2017-18 standard rating multiplier is 47.9 pence. 
  • For small businesses (businesses with a rateable value below £18,000) the 2017-18 rating multiplier is 46.6 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.