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. As of August 2014 the government is considering significant changes to the application of business rates to home-based business, possibly exempting up to 70% from any liability, along with the need to obtain planning permission, subject to certain restrictions. Click here for more detail:- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/backing-for-home-based-business-boom%20
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 in the Contacts section.
There are a number of different Business Rate reductions available, depending upon your situation. Applications should be made to your District Council.