What is the revaluation?

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) reassess and update the rateable values used to calculate business rates of all business properties usually every five years. This is called a revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall. The current revaluation of rateable values will be effective from 1 April 2017

What are business rates?

Business rates are a local tax paid by the occupiers of all non-domestic/business property, in the same way that council tax is a tax on domestic property.

Business rates are charged on most business properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. However, the property doesn't have to be used for a business - if it is used for purposes which are not domestic it is likely to be rateable. We will send you a business rates bill each year.

What is the rateable value?

The rateable value is assessed by the VOA, which is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs.

A property's rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for if it were available to let on the open market at a fixed valuation date.

  • Until 31 March 2017, the rateable values will be based on a valuation date of 1 April 2008.
  • From 1 April 2017, the rateable values will be based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015.

If you think your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details on the GOV.UK website.

Roles and responsibilities

The VOA sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information.

We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.

How can I find out more?

For more information on the 2017 revaluation, rateable values, and business rates go to the GOV.UK website.

You can also estimate your business rates bill, including any small business rate relief the local council may apply.