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Business Rates

What are Business Rates?

Business rates, also known as non-domestic rates, are taxes placed upon the occupation of non-domestic property, such as property tax assessments and valuations.

Most premises used for business are subject to business rates. This includes commercial properties such as shops and factories. There are a few exceptions, including:

  • farm buildings and land
  • fish farms
  • places of worship and church halls
  • buildings used for the training or welfare of disabled people

You may be able to make minor business use of your home without paying business rates. But if you use part of your home exclusively for business (eg a workshop), you may be liable for business rates on it. Click the following link to see guidance on the government website:- https://www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates/working-at-home 

Business Rates are dealt with by your local district council. Therefore all individual accounts and all new account enquiries should be directed to them. If you are unsure which district your business is in, you can look up the Local Authority Districts on the Dorset For You website – https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/business-rates/information or if you are in Borough of Poole http://www.poole.gov.uk/business/business-rates/or Bournemouth Borough  https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/Business/BusinessRates/BusinessRates.aspx

There are a number of different Business Rate reductions available, depending upon your situation. Applications should be made to your District Council.