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Business Rates

Changes to business rates announced in the March 2017 Budget

The chancellor has announced some changes to business rates from 1 April 2017 which will provide further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills following the 2017 revaluation. We are not yet able to implement these changes as the Government are in consultation as to how they will be administered. As such your 2017/18 business rates bills will not reflect any additional support you may be entitled to.

Once we are advised of the qualification criteria we will update this information and contact those businesses we identify as being affected.

The following 'headline' changes were announced:

  • support for small businesses losing small business or rural rate relief to limit increases in their bills
  • funding will be given to local authorities to provide support to business facing significant increases in their bills following revaluation
  • the introduction of a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000

State aid limits will apply to these reliefs.

How your business rates are calculated and how to pay your business rates in East Herts, qualifying criteria for relief and exemptions, what to do if you're moving business premises and how to deal with periods of short term occupation.

  • What are Business Rates?

    Business Rates or Non-domestic rates collected by the local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic properties contribute towards the costs of the local services.

  • Pay your Business Rates

    There are several different ways that you can pay your Business Rates. You can pay in 10 monthly instalments, once a year on 1 April or you can pay half on 1 April and the other half on 1 September.

  • View your Business Rates online

    Registering for an account is free and easy and will allow you to view your Business Rates details online.

  • How Business Rates are Calculated

    We work out business rates each year by taking a property's rateable value and multiplying it by the 'multiplier' set by the government each year. If you think your rateable value is too high you have the right to appeal.

  • Business Rates Relief & Exemptions

    As a ratepayer, you may be entitled to a relief or an exemption as long as your business or property meets the qualifying criteria for that relief.

  • Moving Business Premises

    If you are moving into or out of a property in East Herts you must notify us of your new details.

  • Non-payment of Business Rates

    If you don't pay your Business Rates we'll send you a reminder followed by a final notice in most cases, and if you still don't pay we'll take you to court.

  • Change your Rateable Value

    Rateable values are set by the valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). In certain circumstances the VOA can alter your rate. If you're not able to agree on a change you can appeal the decision.

  • Completion Notices

    Completion Notices are issued by the local authority on new buildings or buildings created by the alteration of an existing building.

  • Short Term Occupation

    If there are repeated periods of short term occupation at a property, the council will require notice of occupation and notice of vacation.

  • Transitional Limits

    Commercial properties are usually revalued every 5 years. The last revaluation was in 2010 and the rateable values were calculated based on rental value as at 1st April 2008. All properties have now been revalued based on the rental values as at 1st April 2015. This will come into effect on 1st April 2017.

  • Business Rates Liability & Credits

    Business Rates Liability and Credits (non personal data) will be published quarterly.