What are business rates?
This is a local tax charged to those who occupy non-domestic properties. This charge goes towards helping pay for the cost of local services.
Non Domestic properties include; shops, offices, industrial buildings, restaurants, schools, pubs, banks, caravan parks and land used for storage.
The difference between domestic and non-domestic property is not always clear, but we usually say that a property is domestic if it is used only as living accommodation. This can also include a private garage/outbuilding or garden used for private activity.
Where a garage or outbuildings are let out or reserved for other purposes they may be considered 'non domestic'.
If you think there is a business missing from our list then please report it here for us to look into.
You can also read our Business Rates Explanatory Notes which accompany the bill.