Business rates guidance

Last updated: 14 December 2018

If your business or premises change

Your business rates could change if:

  • you move or make changes to your premises
  • the nature of your business changes

You must report any changes to your local assessor to ensure you're paying the right amount and don't get a backdated increase in your bill.

If you're moving to new premises, you can use our business rates calculator to estimate your business rates bill. You should also let your local council know about your move.

You can also get professional advice through RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). RICS also provide a template for small retail leases that can help reduce the costs of signing a lease.

If you're changing premises, it's important that your business lease matches your requirements and that you understand its terms and conditions. For example, you should consider whether the terms of the lease state if you or the landlord are liable for rates and utilities.

Find guidance on choosing business premises and renting business premises.

Business rates guidance
If your business or premises change