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What are business rates?
Business rates, collected by local
authorities, are the way those who occupy non-domestic property
contribute towards the cost of local services.
Business rates are charged on most
non-domestic properties, like:
- holiday rental homes or guest houses, e.g. a boarding
The money, together with revenue from council
taxpayers, the revenue support grant provided
by government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the
services provided by your local authority and other local
authorities in your area. Further information can be found in our
Calculating your business rates
Business rates are worked out by multiplying the ‘rateable
value’ of your property which is set by the Valuation Office Agency
(VOA) by the national business rates multiplier.
The business rates calculator gives you an estimate of your
Owners, leaseholders or occupiers of business properties who
think that their rateable value is wrong can appeal to:
The Valuation Office Agency
Non-domestic Rates South East
St Anne's House
2 St Anne's Road
East Sussex BN21 3LG
Telephone: 0300 050 1501
The national multiplier
The national multiplier is set each year by the government. The
multipliers set since 2010 are as follows:
||Small business multiplier
Business rates reductions
Information about discounts and reliefs can be found in our
You can apply online for
Retail Relief ,
Charity and community amateur sports club relief or if you
wish to apply for one of the other reductions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a revaluation?
The VOA regularly reassess and update the rateable values of all
business properties usually every five years. This is called a
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.
How can I find out more?
For more information on the 2017 Revaluation, rateable values,
and business rates go to www.gov.uk/voa/revaluation.
You can also estimate your business rates bill, including any
small business rate relief the local council may apply.
Business Rates Consultation
Medway Council is reviewing its guidelines for
Discretionary Business Rate Relief. These guidelines set out how
much discretionary relief charities, community amateur sports clubs
and not for profit organisations can receive.
The Council has put forward three options by
reading the Cabinet
paper on Business rate relief.
Have your say
The consultation is now closed.
The results of this consultation will be
analysed and considered by a Special Business Support Overview and
Scrutiny committee in early January 2017, before final
consideration and approval of the new scheme by Cabinet on 17