SVBS do not manage business rates on behalf of South and Vale. For enquiries related to an existing bill or premises, please head to the correct Council’s website below:
Non-domestic rates (often known as business rates) are a charge for businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic properties, such as shops, gyms, pubs, and offices.
The amount charged for business rates is decided by the government based on the rateable valuation of the premises occupied. Local Authorities carry out the billing, collection of funds and enforcements if the bills are not paid but are not responsible for assigning values.
All the rates collected are paid into a central ‘pool’, which is controlled by the government and redistributed to councils in the form of a grant. This means that some of the money we collect contributes towards the cost of the services we provide.
If you’re occupying new premises and are unsure of the potential cost of business rates, you can check the Rateable Value of premises by visiting the Valuation Office website. Once there, simply plug in the address and you will be able to find details of the most recent valuation.
You do not usually have to pay business rates for home-based businesses if you:
- use a small part of your home for your business, for example if you use a bedroom as an office
- sell goods by post
You may need to pay business rates as well as Council Tax if:
- your property is part business and part domestic, for example if you live above your shop
- you sell goods or services to people who visit your property
- you employ other people to work at your property
- you’ve made changes to your home for your business, for example converted a garage to a hairdresser’s
Contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to find out if you should be paying business rates.
If you would like to talk to someone about business rates, please visit the appropriate organisation below: