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This section tells you about business rates; valuation issues, exemptions and how to pay.
Non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.
Up until 31 March 2013, except in the City of London where special arrangements apply, the rates were pooled by central government and redistributed to local authorities according to the number of people living in the area. From 1 April 2013 the income derived from rates is now shared between central government and local authorities according to new rules. The money, together with revenue from council tax, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for council services.
Here you will find information on Rateable Values, appeals and the rating multiplier.
Here you will find information about who is responsible for paying Business Rates and paying by instalments.
Here you will find information on exemptions and reliefs that could reduce your rate bill.
Some ratepayers may be required to pay a BID levy in addition to the Business Rates.
The Local Authority is required to provide information each year on its income and expenditure as part of the annual business rates bill. This used to be sent out as a separate document with the bill but from now on it can be viewed online.
For more detailed information, a useful government funded website has been set up to give advice and covers a wide range of issue concerning Business Rates. Click here to visit the Business Link website.