We have been made aware that some business are receiving emails from rating agents offering a free assessment to see if you have been overcharged business rates due to  the 2017 revaluation. Ratepayers do not have to be represented in these discussions regarding their rateable value of their rates bill which can be done directly with the Valuation Office Agency or by contacting the business rates office. 

If you do decide to employ a rates adviser then you should check they have the necessary knowledge and expertise as well as appropriate indemnity insurance.

Business Rates

Non Domestic Rates (otherwise known as Business Rates) is a tax on properties that are used for commercial purposes (for example, shops, factories and offices)

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If your property is used for both domestic and non-domestic purposes, part of it will be assessed for Business Rates and the other part for Council Tax, for example a public house.

It is usually the organisation or person who is using the premises who is liable to pay the Business Rates. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

Business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Welwyn Hatfield Council is now able to  keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for the Council to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues. The money together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by Welwyn Hatfield Council.

You can find out more about business rates by visiting the government's website.

Business Rates Information 2018 -19

pdf icon Business rates 2018 2019 [4MB]

pdf icon Explanatory Notes to Business Rates [158KB]

  • How to pay

    A business can now elect to pay their business rates bill over twelve instalments instead of ten. If you would like to take advantage of this please contact the business rates team on 01707 357000 or email c.tax@welhat.gov.uk. Please note that if you wish to pay your business rates over 12 monthly instalments then you will need to inform us in time to issue a demand notice by the 15 April each year.

  • Discounts and reliefs

    Entitlement to exemptions, discounts and relief on your Business Rate bill depend upon your circumstances. From April 2014, the Government has introduced an additional discount on unoccupied new builds.

  • Changing Rateable Values

    Advice on how to change your rateable value for your non-domestic property.

  • Moving premises?

    You must notify us of your new details if you pay business rates.

  • Transitional scheme

    Property values can change between each revaluation. The most recent revaluation took place on 1st April 2015 and came into effect on 1st April 2017.

  • Recovery of business rates

    If you get into payment difficulties and you can't afford your instalments, contact us straightaway.

  • Service Standard

    To make sure the service is accountable to you by putting customers first and making access to our service efficient, simple and convenient.

  • Completion Notices

    Completion notices identify the day when the work remaining to be done on a new building (or a conversion) could be completed, and it becomes rateable for Business Rates.

  • Business Improvement District

    Information and Link to Welwyn Garden City Town Centre BID

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