See our Business Rates Relief page for details of support available to businesses affected by coronavirus
Business rates are paid by occupiers of most business properties to local councils, for the contribution to the costs of local services. See the information below for help paying your bill.
- Business Rates were introduced on 1 April 1990 at which time all Business premises were valued and their Rateable Values were entered into a local rating list.
- The Business Rate legislation allows for business properties to be revalued every 5 years. This is called a revaluation. The last revaluation took place in 1 April 2017.
Calculation of business rates
- The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) (an agency of HM Revenues and Customs) sets the rateable value of business premises. The rateable value is shown on the front of the bill. The amount represents the annual rent that the property could be let for in the open market, on a particular date.
- The rateable value and the business rating multiplier (set by central government) is used to calculate your business rates bill (see multiplier table, below). If your rateable value is lower than £51,00 use the small business multiplier.
|Year||Standard multiplier||Small business multiplier|
|2019 to 2020||50.4p||49.1p|
|2018 to 2019||49.3p||48.0p|
|2017 to 2018||47.9p||46.6p|
|2016 to 2017||49.7p||48.4p|
- Multiply your rateable value by your multiplier, to show you how much you need to pay minus any business rates relief.
- For more information on Business Rates read the pdf Business Services booklet 2019 (510 KB)
- Read the pdf WDC General Explanatory Notes 2019 (199 KB)
Sign up for e-billing
We can send your Business Rates bills to you by email instead of through the post. See below for details.
The benefits of e-Billing
- You will receive your bill as soon as it is available
- It saves paper so is better for the environment
- It helps to reduce council spending by saving printing and postage costs
- You still have the option to print your bill or forward a copy to someone if you need to.
How to sign up for e-Billing
There are three ways to sign up for e-Billing:
- Or you can call 03004 560 560 and ask to sign up for e-Billing.
What happens next?
- Once you have signed up for e-billing we will send future council tax bills to you by email unless you ask us to stop
- You must tell us if you change your email address
- We will contact you if our emails to you cannot be delivered because your email address is invalid.