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Business rates changes

Changes in 2024 At the Spring Budget on 6 March 2024, the Chancellor announced further changes to business rates from 1 April 2024. These are in addition to the changes previously announced during the 2023 Autumn Statement. This includes: The Empty Property Relief “reset period” will be extended from six weeks to thirteen weeks from […]

Business rates revaluation 2023

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) regularly updates the rateable values of all business and other non-domestic properties (properties that are not just private homes) in England and Wales. This is called a revaluation.    Rateable values are the amount of rent a property could have been let for on a set valuation date. For the 2023 […]

Autumn Statement 2022

In the 2022 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced a series of changes to business rates from 1 April 2023. This includes: The business rates multipliers will be frozen at 49.9p for occupied properties with a rateable value of less than 51,000 and 51.2p for all other properties. An increase in the amount of Retail Discount […]

Who is liable to pay business rates?

For occupied premises it is normally the occupier who has to pay the business rates. This could be an owner-occupier, a leaseholder, a sub-lessee, a tenant or a subtenant. It does not matter whether the occupation of the premises is subject to a proper legal agreement or not. For empty premises the liable payer will […]

Arrears and debt recovery

If you are having difficulty or think you may have difficulty paying your business rates, please contact us for advice as soon as possible. Your business rates bill tells you how much you have to pay for the year and the dates you have to pay it. If you haven’t spoken to us about a […]

Appeals and disputes

If you are unhappy with your business rates, you can make an appeal. If you decide to make an appeal, you must continue to pay your business rates while your appeal is outstanding. If you disagree with your 2017 rateable value The revaluation came into effect from 1 April 2017. If you have reason to […]

How we calculate business rates

Where do my business rates go? Central government sets the amount of rates you must pay each year. From 1 April 2013, along with all other local authorities, we receive less government grant but keep about half of the business rates we collect locally, which provides a financial incentive to improve the local economy. The […]

Business rate relief

If you pay business rates, you may be able to get rate relief. You need to apply for some rate reliefs, but others are automatic.

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