Your annual Business Rates are usually payable over 10 monthly instalments from 1 April to 1 January, but you can ask to pay over 12 months if you prefer. The easiest way to pay your Business Rates is by Direct Debit, but you can also pay online. Payments are due on or before the 1st of each month.
Business Rates, also called non-domestic rates, are charged on most non-domestic properties such as shops, offices and pubs. 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. The money collected by the council helps to pay for local services. You can find out more about Business Rates, including how the rates are calculated from GOV.UK.
Several types of relief are available to help reduce Business Rates bills.
We publish monthly reports on Business Rates for Freedom of Information Act purposes.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information. We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.