If you have an unoccupied retail, hospitality or leisure non-domestic property, you may qualify for a 50% reduction in your business rates bill. For more information please see our Reliefs and Unoccupied Properties Page.
What are business rates?
Business Rates is a local tax that is paid by the occupiers of all non-domestic/business property, in the same way that council tax is a tax on domestic property.
Business Rates are charged on most business properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. However, the property doesn’t have to be used for a business – if it is used for purposes which are not domestic it is likely to be rateable. We will send you a business rates bill each year.
How do I notify you that I am occupying or vacating a non-domestic assessment?
To register for business rates or to notify us of your vacation of a non-domestic property in the Rother District, please complete the online form below.
How to pay
For information on how to pay, please visit: How to pay
Roles and responsibilities
The VOA sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information.
We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.
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What is the rateable value?
The rateable value is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, which is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs.
A property’s rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for if it were available to let on the open market for a fixed valuation date.
Until 31 March 2017, the rateable values will be based on a valuation date of 1 April 2008.
From 1 April 2017, the rateable values will be based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015.
Can I appeal against my property’s valuation?
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) values all business properties for business rates. The valuation is based on information the VOA holds about your property. You can view and update this information at gov.uk/voa/valuation.
You can contact the VOA at gov.uk/contact-voa. If you are unable to use the online service you can also contact the VOA on 03000 501 501.
What is revaluation?
The VOA regularly reassesses and updates the rateable values of all business properties, usually every five years. This is called revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall.
The VOA is contacting businesses to request rental information to support the next revaluation of business rates in England and Wales – Revaluation 2023.
If you receive a request please complete and submit your up-to-date details. It is important to provide this information to ensure business rates are fair and accurate. You can find more information at gov.uk/voa/revaluation2023.
Business rates explanatory notes.
From 1st April 2017, authorities are no longer required to provide individual copies of explanatory notes when bills are issued. Instead, these are published on our Business Rates Explanatory Notes page.