Paying business rates
Your council will normally send you a business rates bill in February or March each year. This is for the period 1 April to 31 March the following year.
Your bill will generally rise each year in line with inflation.
Most councils ask you to pay in 10 equal monthly instalments - normally by direct debit.
Understanding your bill
Your bill shows:
- how much you have to pay in total and how the amount was calculated
- when you need to pay each instalment and how much to pay each time
If you think that your bill is wrong or that you are entitled to a relief, you should contact your local council.
Who doesn't need to pay?
Premises that are exempt from business rates include:
- agricultural land and buildings
- fish farms
- public parks
- rural premises with Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs)
- oil and gas pipelines
- overseas armed forces premises in the UK
This list is not exhaustive and your local assessor will be able to tell you if your property is exempt.