Your business rates
'Business rates' is the term commonly used for non-domestic rates which are charged on most non-domestic premises, including most commercial properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.
Find out your rateable value
If you use a building or part of a building for business, you will probably have to pay business rates. Your premises will be given a rateable value by the Valuation Office Agency at www.voa.gov.uk. Please see our Rateable value page for more information.
If you pay business rates, you may be eligible for rate relief. Please see or Relief and reductions page for more information.
How to pay your business rates
You can pay weekly, yearly, half yearly, quarterly or in 10 monthly instalments.
All instalments are due on the 1st of the month.
Monthly instalments usually start on 1st April each year and run up to and including the 1st January.
Use our online payments service to pay Business Rates, you will need to have your debit or credit card and your Business Rates account reference number to hand, you can find the number on your bill.
The easiest way to pay is by Direct Debt.
You can either:
- download and send us the Direct debit form: Council Tax and Business Rates (only needed if two signatures are required to authorise the direct debit).
- call the Business Rates team on 01483 523095. We can usually set it up for you over the phone. Please have your bank account details to hand.
Pay using our automated telephone payments system on 01483 861498. Lines are open 24 hours a day - seven days a week. You will need to have your debit or credit card to hand and your Business Rates account reference number.
At a post office or pay point
On the reverse of your bill you will find a barcode, this can be used at any paypoint or post office to pay your Business Rates. If you would like to pay by this method and do not have a barcoded bill, please contact Mrs Julie Chester, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01483 523095.
Change in circumstances
It is important that you tell us about changes that might affect your business rates, such as:
- Change of contact address - where and when you moved.
- Change of business address - where and when you moved.
- If you ceased trading and when.
Change of address
If you have changed address, please download, fill in and send us the Business rates - change of address form.
Any changes not reported may result in you paying more than you should. Please contact us (contact details below) for more information.
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Page owner: Julie Chester. Last updated: 18/03/2013 15:55