Paying business rates

Planned maintenance to the Planning Portal

Due to an upgrade to the Planning Portal between 9am and midday on Saturday 21 October, customers will be unable to view documents on the site during this time.

You can pay your business rates online using a credit or debit card using the link below.

Pay your business rates online

To set up a Direct Debit, change your existing bank details or your instalment plan, please complete the online form below. Please note you must be the authorised signatory on the bank account.

Set up a direct debit to pay business rates

To complete this form you will need:

  • your name, contact address, telephone number and email address
  • business rates account number
  • name of the liable party or parties as shown on the business rates account (this could be a person or company name or trading name)
  • address of the relevant property
  • name shown on the bank account
  • bank or building society account sort code and account number

Please do not use this form if you are in arrears and have received a court summons or final notice.

Who pays business rates

Business rates (a type of council tax) are payable on most commercial properties such as shops, offices, restaurants, public houses, warehouses and factories.

Self-catering accommodation, such as a holiday homes may also be liable to pay business rates, as long as the accommodation is available for commercial letting, to short stay guests, for 140 days or more in a year.

Certain types of businesses are not liable to pay business rates (not 'rateable'):

  • sewers
  • farm land and buildings
  • churches
  • public parks
  • moveable mooring

Calculating business rates

Business rates are calculated by multiplying the 'rateable value' of a property with a national figure (a 'multiplier') which is fixed annually by the government.

The multiplier cannot rise more that the rate of inflation, except in a 'revaluation year'.

For 2016/17 there are two multipliers:

  • standard rating multiplier: 49.7 pence in the pound
  • small business rating multiplier: of 48.4 pence in the pound

The standard multiplier is higher to pay for small business rate relief.

Rateable value

'Rateable values' are fixed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and reflect the value a business property based on the yearly rent it could have been let for, on the open market, on a particular date.

A revaluation will come into effect on 1 April 2017 - You need to register to check your rateable value ahead of revaluation, failure to check your details may result in you paying an incorrect amount in business rates.

Ratings List

The Ratings List shows all business properties in our area - see the list on the Valuation Office Agency website or at the Councils West Offices.

Transitional relief scheme and the 2010 revaluation

Following a revaluation in 2010, special transitional arrangements were put into place to phase in significant increases or decreases in rates bills. The arrangements set limits on the percentage that rates bill could change each year.

  • the scheme came into effect on 1 April 2010
  • it phased in any significant increases or decreases to rates over five years
  • transitional relief was automatically shown on rates bills without the need to apply for relief

The transitional arrangements did not cover increases from inflation or changes in the rateable value because of change to the property, for example an extension.

Below are some tables that show the set limits on the percentage changes which your rates bill can increase of decrease each year (prior to inflation):

Percentage by which your rates bill can increase

Year Small property Large property
2010/11 5% 12.5%
2011/12 7.5% 17.5%
2012/13 10% 20%
2013/14 15% 25%
2014/15 15% 25%

Percentage by which your rates bill can decrease

Year Small property Large property
2010/11 20% 4.6%
2011/12 30% 6.7%
2012/13 35% 7%
2013/14 55% 13%
2014/15 55% 13%

Extension of transitional relief for small and medium business properties

The government announced in the Autumn Statement that it will extend the current transitional relief scheme for properties with a rateable value up to and including £50,000 until March 2017.

Also, as from 1 April 2015, this discretionary relief may be available to properties with a rateable value up to and including £50,000 who would have received transitional relief in 2015/16 or 2016/17 had the existing transitional relief scheme continued in its current format.

Moving, expanding or closing a business

You must let us know if you:

  • move business premises
  • cease trading
  • take over additional premises

We can contact the VOA who may need to assess the premises before we can calculate a correct bill.

We will recalculate your bill (or bills) based on the amount of time you spend at the premises, this will generate a revised bill.

If you have overpaid and are entitled to a refund, we will arrange for your refund to be processed and sent to you.

Changes to rateable values

The VOA may amend a rateable value for a number of reasons, such as:

  • a change in the size of the premises
  • as a result of a successful appeal

Following the change, the VOA will contact us. We will then send you a revised bill. Any overpayment will be refunded and interest may be paid as a result of the change.

More information on Transitional Relief arrangements is available by contacting our Business Rates team.

Previous and current business rates datasets are available on York Open Data.

Protecting your personal data

We're committed to protecting the information we hold about you and your business.

For information on data protection and how we share customer data see our business rates privacy notice.

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