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Business Rates

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'.

Details of properties listed for business rate purpose and property which we believe is empty are published on a monthly basis.

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.