Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties including shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.
Some properties are exempt from business rates such as farm buildings and land, places of religious worship and buildings used for training or welfare of disabled people.
Business rates are worked out by multiplying the 'rateable value' of your property (set by the Valuation Office Agency) by the business rates multiplier (set by central government).
The two multipliers in force from 1st April 2013 are 47.1p for the main business rates multiplier and 46.2p for small businesses.
For more information on rateable values and how to appeal if you think your rateable value is wrong, please contact the Valuation Office Agency.
If you pay business rates you may be eligible for business rates relief. There are various different types of relief available and some have to be applied for.
Last updated 17.05.2013