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Most businesses pay business rates – it is how they contribute towards the cost of local authority services such as the police and fire fighters.


If you use a building or part of a building for business, you will probably have to pay business rates.


Businesses are given a Rateable Value which, in conjunction with a multiplier, set nationally for each county in the UK, produces the business rates liability. In England, rateable values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Exactly how much your business will pay depends on these listed factors:

  • Location of property.
  • Size of property.
  • Nature of your business. 
  • How the property is to be used.

For more information on Rateable Values it is recommended that you visit our page containing further information.


There are a number of Rate Reliefs that your and your business could be entitled to. It is recommended that you look at our rate reliefs information to find out more.


You can also find other useful information on the government's Business Rates website and the Business Link website.


Notify us of a vacation or occupation


If you are need to notify us that you are either moving into or vacating a business premises please complete our Business Occupation/Vacation Notification eForm.


Pay your Business Rates by Direct Debit


If you would like to pay your business rates by Direct Debit, please contact us on 01553 616200.


Pay your Business Rates online


You can now submit your payment by using our secure Online Payments system.


Please note:  For council tax, business rates (NNDR) and sundry debts, a 1.3% surcharge will be added to your total if you pay by credit card.


Last updated: 11 March 2016
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