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National non-domestic rates

Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1st April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally.

You will have to pay business rates if you own, lease or occupy a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes. This includes shops, offices, warehouses, factories, pubs and holiday rentals.

If you would like to register your business for Business Rates, or notify us that your property is now empty, please complete our online form.

Alternatively, please download our form, complete and return by email to

When will I receive my business rates bill?

Bills will usually be with you by the middle of March prior to the start of the financial year on the 1st April.

Changes to holiday lets 2023

There are changes to business rates and self catering accommodation with effect from the 1st April 2023.

To continue to be eligible for business rates, from 1st April 2023 the property must be:

  • available for letting commercially for short periods that total 140 days or more in the previous and current year
  • actually let commercially for 70 days or more in the previous 12 months

New self-catering properties will be liable for Council Tax until the property meets the eligibility rules.

These changes only come into effect from the 1st April 2023 ad until then you must continue to establish that the property is available to let for short periods of at least 140 days per year.