Flood Related Business Rate Queries

Will my business qualify for a reduction in Rates?

Any business premises affected by flood damage to such an extent that the premises are no longer occupied may qualify for an exemption if:

For any day between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014

i. The rateable property has been flooded in whole or in part as a result of adverse weather conditions; and

ii. On that day, as a result of the flooding at the rateable property the business activity undertaken at the rateable property was adversely affected; and

iii. The rateable value of the rateable property on that day was less than £10m

What if I continue to trade despite the damage?

Initially, we are not able at this time to grant an exemption or relief to all businesses affected by flooding but you may be able to have your rateable value reduced. If your business suffers financial difficulties because of the flooding we may be able to offer hardship relief on a case-by-case basis.

Can I have my rateable value reduced?

If you believe that the rateable value of your property should be reduced you should discuss this with the Valuation Office. Their general advice is that while flooding will not automatically mean a reduction, individual circumstances will apply and you should contact them as quickly as possible.

Valuation Office Agency,
Worcester Office,
Block A Government Buildings,
Whittington Road,
Worcester, WR5 2LB.
Telephone 03000 507600

Email: westmidlandgroup.vo@voa.gsi.gov.uk


Is there any more help available?

If only part of your business is affected by flooding you may be able to qualify for a reduction. Where a property can be only partially occupied Wychavon District Council can ask the Valuation Office to split the rateable value between the occupied and unoccupied parts. Rates are due in full on the occupied part and the unoccupied part would be subject to a nil charge for a period of 3/6 months maximum depending on the type of premises. More information on part occupied relief is available by contacting us.

If your business is experiencing financial difficulties because of the flooding Wychavon District Council may be able to offer hardship relief on your rates bill. This could be available to the extent of a full remission of your rates bill while your business is affected by the flooding. The business would have to demonstrate that they would sustain hardship if relief wasn't granted and cases would have to be considered on a case by case basis.


Further Information

For more information please contact:

South Worcestershire Revenues & Benefits Shared Services
P.O.Box 11, Pershore Worcs WR10 1PU

Telephone: 03004 560 560 Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.
Email: businessrates@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk