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 rate bill

Rateable Value


Transitional Arrangements

Unoccupied property rating

Relief available for NNDR

Small business rate relief

Retail Rate Relief

Rate Relief for long term empty retail property

Paying business rates

National non-domestic rates (NNDR)

NNDR rating advisers