Our aim is to provide the city's businesses with a reliable and efficient service.
We issue Business Rates bills; process changes; provide advice and recover unpaid debts. Most people rarely have the need to get in touch with us, but if your circumstances change, you may need to let us know.
If you stop occupying your business property you will need to pay the amounts you have a duty to pay by law, including the amount you have put off paying. We will send you a revised bill, letting you know how much you should pay.
The following changes were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his autumn statement
Empty properties which have a rateable value of less than £18,000 were temporarily exempted from paying an empty rate charge since 1 April 2010. The regulations governing empty rating change from 1 April 2011. This means that most empty premises with a rateable value greater than £2,599 will once again attract a full empty rate charge. You can find more information in the sections Relief Entitlement and Business Rates Exemptions.
We have recently been made aware that a company of Agents are contacting Ratepayers in our area and advising them that they can gain reductions in their rates. While this may be true, there is no cost involved in putting in an appeal and we would ask that you contact us prior to signing any agreement with the firm so that we can give you details of how to make an Appeal against the Rateable Value of your property yourself. If you have signed any agreement, please do ensure you read it in full and gain legal advice if you deem it necessary. The contract may not only affect yourself, but future occupiers of the premises.
If you would like any further information, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any details with you - 0114 273 4318.