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Non-domestic rates are a tax on non-domestic properties to help pay for local council services. These include services like education, social care and waste management.

Non-domestic rates are often referred to as 'business rates'.

They're charged on non-domestic properties held by the private, public and third sectors.

They're calculated by:

  1. Multiplying the rateable value of a property by a tax rate known as 'poundage'.
  2. Subtracting reliefs (discounts).
  3. Subtracting adjustments such as overpayments already made.
  4. Adding adjustments such as money owed from underpayments.

The poundage and reliefs used to calculate non-domestic rates can change each financial year. You can find out about future changes to non-domestic rates on

Estimate your bill

You can use our non-domestic rates calculator to:

Estimate your business rates bill

Getting business rates relief (discounts)

You might get relief if your property:

  • has a small rateable value (Small Business Bonus Scheme)
  • is in a rural area
  • is used for charitable or religious purposes
  • has a new occupant, but was empty for more than 6 months before that

Find out more about non-domestic rates reliefs.


It's free to apply for non-domestic rates relief. You should be wary of anyone who offers to apply on your behalf for a fee. Your local council will never ask you to pay to apply for a rate relief.

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