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).

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.

Those who occupy non-domestic properties contribute towards the cost of local services through Business Rates.

We are able to keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally and this provides a direct financial incentive for us to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth.

The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support provided by the government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services we provide.