About business rates

Business rates are calculated and collected by the Council. Under the business rates retention arrangements, the Council retains a proportion of the business rates collected to help pay for local services provided by the Council. Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties (including commercial), for example:

  • Shops
  • Offices
  • Pubs
  • Warehouses
  • Factories

The related pages and related links sections provide more information on the following:

  • How business rates are calculated
  • How to appeal against the rateable value
  • How to register for an online account
  • How to pay your business rates
  • Business rates reductions and reliefs

New businesses

If you have recently moved your business into a non-domestic property in Trafford, or plan to shortly, please let us know by contacting the Business Rates team using our general enquiry form.

Relief schemes

If you pay business rates, you may be entitled to rate relief that will help reduce your bill. This is sometimes automatic, but you will need to apply directly for a number of the relief schemes available. You can find more information about the several rate relief schemes available on our Reductions and Relief page.