The non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local councils are the means by which businesses and others who occupy non-domestic property make a contribution towards the cost of local services. The rates are pooled by central government and redistributed to local councils according to the number of people living in the area. This money, together with revenue from council taxpayers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local council and other local authorities in your area.
Apart from properties that are exempt from Business Rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value which is normally set by the valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an Agency of HM Revenue and Customs. It draws up and maintains a full list of all rateable values.
The Valuation Office Web Site has comprehensive information regarding the valuation of a business property. It also has a search facility enabling you to check the existing rateable value for your property.
What if I have a query regarding Business Rates?