Some ratepayers have reported receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Business Rates Team advising they need to make a payment to their account. Do not give out your bank details or use the bank details provided.
Business rates contribute towards the cost of local services.
Under the business rates retention arrangements, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally.
This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues.
The money is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.
We are required by law to provide business ratepayers with information about our spending plans.
Information relating to the relevant and previous financial years in regard to the gross expenditure of the local authority is available in the council tax guide
Who has to pay?
The occupier of a non-domestic property normally pays business rates. Usually this is the owner-occupier or leaseholder. This can be one person, a partnership, a limited company, a club or some other organisation.
If you lease a property from a landlord, but keep it empty, you are still liable for empty property rates. This is because the lease entitles you, rather than your landlord, to occupy the property.