Business rates (non-domestic rates)
Business rates (non domestic rates) are collected by local district councils to help pay for vital local services. It is a local tax that is 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' and business rates will be charged.
Half the money we collect is retained locally by us, Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Fire Authority. The rest goes to the Government.
Read about how business rates are calculated.
The Valuation Office Agency regularly reassess and update the rateable values of all business properties (they usually do this every 5 years) and this is called a Revaluation. Find out more about the 2017 Revaluation.