If you occupy premises for non-domestic use, you’ll need to pay the business rates. Even if you rent the premises and your tenancy agreement includes business rates, you will be sent the bill, not the landlord. As the occupier, it is your responsibility to ensure that payments are made.
Your property’s rateable value is an estimate of the annual rent that would be paid for the property at a fixed date two years before the beginning of the ratings list. This is set by the Valuation Office Agency which reassesses the ratings list every five years. The Valuation Office Agency has just carried out a re-evaluation. This has been done to make sure the system stays fair by sharing the total amount payable across all rateable properties while reflecting changes in the property market. It does not affect the overall amount of money raised by business rates. Click here to read more on the Valuation Office Agency website.
You don’t have to pay business rates on empty buildings for three months. After this time, most businesses must pay full business rates.
Paying business rates does not pay for trade waste collection. Click here for more information on our trade waste services.