Business Rates Overview

Business rates is a local tax that is paid by the occupiers of all non-domestic / business property, 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
  • factories

However, the property doesn't 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.

Explanatory Notes

Business Rates Explanatory Notes 2017-18 

What to pay and when

We will send you a business rates bill in March each year. This is for the following tax year. You can also estimate your business rates bill.

There are a number of ways to pay, the most efficient being Direct Debit

Find out about how to pay your Business Rates.

Relief schemes and exemptions

You may be able to get business rates relief. This is sometimes automatic, but you may need to apply for other forms of relief. There are also exemptions for paying any business rates for certain types of buildings or business.

Find out more about available business rates discounts and exemptions