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About business rates

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, including shops, offices, pubs and restaurants. They are also referred to as National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR).

You’ll probably have to pay business rates if you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes.

Find out more about Business Rates on gov.uk.

Download the Business rates explanatory notes 2018/19 (PDF)

Find out more about how the March 2017 Budget Proposals may affect business rates.

Checking and challenging your rateable value

You can find and review your rateable value on the Valuation Office Agency's website. If you have reason to believe that your rateable value is incorrect, follow the instructions on the site.

You will need to:

CHECK - review and confirm the facts about your property held by the Valuation Office Agency

CHALLENGE - once the facts are established, explain why you believe your valuation is wrong.

You can also:

  • request changes to property or valuation details if you think they’re wrong
  • view the valuation details of other properties
  • challenge the rateable value if eligible

Rating advisers

Ratepayers do not need to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill - appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge.

Before you employ a rating adviser, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, along with appropriate indemnity insurance. 

For ratepayers who wish to be represented, members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV) are qualified and regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct. 

More information

www.waverley.gov.uk/businessrates

Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 12/06/2019 09:50

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