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Business rates (NNDR)

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Business rates or national non-domestic rates are collected by local authorities from those who occupy non domestic properties to help contribute towards the cost of local services.

The rates are pooled by central government and then redistributed to local authorities as part of the annual formula grant settlement.

This money, together with revenue collected from council tax payers, the revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.

Business/non-domestic premises generally include most commercial properties, including shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.

If part of a building is used for business and part is domestic – for example a shop with a flat above or an office in a domestic property - the part used for business will be rated non-domestic. So, if you live and work in the same premises, you generally pay business rates on the part of the property used for business and then council tax on the part that you live in.

Flood response for Businesses - If you have been affected by the recent flooding, you may qualify for a discount on your Business rates account. Please see Business rates reductions for more information.


Business rates - reductions

Under certain circumstances and depending on the nature of your business you may be entitled to a re ...

Business rates appeals

All non-domestic properties have a rateable value which is set by the Valuation Office Agency. . You ...

Business rates calculations

All non-domestic properties have a rateable value. This value is based on the annual rent the proper ...

Charities and sports clubs relief

Registered charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs CASC are entitled to an 80 per ce ...

Empty properties relief

For the first three months that a property is empty business rates do not have to be paid. However a ...

Financial hardship relief

Any business which is experiencing financial hardship may make a claim for help with their business ...

Part occupancy relief

Business rate relief may be given to property where a part is unused for a short time.

Pay business rates

Methods of payment for business rates.

Problems paying your business rates

What to do if you cant pay your business rates.

Rural business rate relief

Business properties in rural areas may be able to claim a rural rate discount of 50%.

Small business rate relief

Businesses with rateable values of below 6000 will get 50% rate relief. This relief will decrease on ...

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