Business Rates (also known as National Non-Domestic Rates) is a charge paid by owners and occupiers of non-domestic properties, such as shops, offices, factories, warehouses and pubs to help pay for local services.
We are responsible for collecting Business Rates from businesses in the West Somerset area.
How we work out your Business Rates
Apart from properties that are exempt from Business Rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). The VOA maintains a full list of all rateable values shown in local and national lists.
We work out your Business Rates bill by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate rate in the pound (known as a 'multiplier'). For 2017/18, this is set at 47.9p.
If you are entitled to small business rate relief, we will multiply your rateable value by a lower multiplier of 46.6p.
The Government sets the multipliers for each financial year. The multipliers change each year in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) and take account of the cost of small business rate relief.
We can reduce your Business Rates bill by awarding Business Rates relief.
Revenues and Benefits Service
West Somerset House
Telephone: 01643 703704