Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic properties contribute towards the cost of local services.

Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1st April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues. The money, together with revenue from council tax payers and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.

In this section

Your Business Rates bill

Information on Business Rates bills

Rateable Value

How your properties get valued for business rates.


Business Rates generally rise in line with inflation and are adjusted most years according to a prescribed formula.

Transitional Arrangements

Phasing in the effects of differences to property valuations.

Unoccupied property rating

How business rates are charged when properties are not occupied.

Relief available for NNDR

Certain registered charities and community bodies can ask for help with their business rates.

Small business rate relief

Small businesses can seek assistance with their business rates bills.

Retail Discount

Information on retail discount

Paying business rates

Information and guidance on how to pay your business rates in St Albans

NNDR rating advisers

Rate payers may seek assistance with their communications with the council.