Business rates and relief schemes

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.

2017 revaluation

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.

New relief schemes

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.

Restart grants

The closing date for applications for this scheme passed on 30 June 2021 and we are unable to accept any new applications. If you have already submitted an application and have been asked to provide further information please provide this by Monday 20 July. The closing date for any payments under this scheme is 31 July.

Visit our Restart Grant page for more information.

Business Rates relief fund

Ministers have set out plans to provide an extra, targeted support package for businesses who have been unable to benefit from the existing business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses following the ruling that valuation material changes due to COVID-19 have been ruled out. Read about the government's Business Rates relief fund for more information.