Business rates

If you own a business, you may have to pay business rates (or NNDR which stands for national non-domestic rates). Business rates are paid by businesses (and other occupiers of non-domestic properties). 

Although we collect business rates, the amount local businesses pay is set by central government. Under the business rate retention scheme (introduced 1 April 2013), we now keep a portion of the rates paid by local businesses. This is used to help support local services. We pass the rest to central government.

New check & challenge service the government launched a new check and challenge service on 1 April 2017. The regulations that underpin this were laid in Parliament on 17 March 2017. The service is designed to help businesses check their rateable value, without having to appeal, saving this route for those complex cases that most need it. Check and challenge will give ratepayers more certainty about the basis of their rateable value by allowing them to initiate a check and confirm or update the details of their property.  Following a check, if businesses want to appeal, they will be able to do so and provide supporting evidence. Find out more.

You can find further information about the business rates system using the links below, by visiting the GOV.UK website or by reading the Business rates explanatory notes.

If you would like to speak to our business rates team, contact or call them on 01543 308900.

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