Business rates

About business rates

Business rates are collected by the Council and are used to help pay for local services provided by the Council. They are charged on most non-domestic properties including shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.


All rateable values are reassessed at a general revaluation. The most recent revaluation took effect from 1st April 2017.

How to pay

Find out the many different ways you can pay your Business Rates bill.

Fraud investigation

What to do if you suspect someone is receiving a reduction in their Business Rates bill because they are providing false information.

Business rates relief schemes

You may be able to get business rates relief. You will need to apply directly for a number of the relief schemes that are available including: small business rate relief; rural rate relief; and charitable rate relief. Since March 2017 the government has announced new relief schemes: Supporting Small Businesses, New Discretionary Relief Scheme, New Business Rate Relief Scheme for Pubs, and Retail Discount Scheme.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The Government has announced the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) to support businesses affected by the pandemic, but that are not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.

The application window has re-opened and will close for the final time on 4 September 2022.

Apply before the 4 September 2022 application deadline as late applications cannot be accepted as the central government funding will cease.

You can read about CARF and submit your application by visiting our CARF page.