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Business Rates (Non-Domestic Rates)

Business Rates are charged on properties that are used for a wide range of purposes which does not include domestic or residential use.

What are Business Rates?

Torridge District Council is responsible for the billing and collection of business rates from around 3,500 business premises across the district, totalling approximately £10m. Business rates 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 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth, since local authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenue.

The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.

Every non-domestic property has a rateable value unless it is exempt from rating. Properties which are subject to payment of business rates include:

  • restaurants
  • public houses
  • hotels
  • shops
  • factories
  • offices
  • workshops
  • beach huts
  • self catering holiday accommodation
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • wind turbines & solar farms
  • stables & sand schools

Certain types of property may be exempt from rates, for example; fish farms, places of religious worship and certain farm buildings and land (excluding buildings used as offices or for other business activities not related to agriculture).

A property that is used for both domestic and non-domestic purposes is classified as a composite property and may be subject to payment of both Non-Domestic rates and Council Tax. Examples of composite properties are public houses and hotels with self contained owners accommodation. 
 
In almost all cases the occupier of a non-domestic property is responsible for paying the Business Rates -  this is usually the owner-occupier or leaseholder.

If you would like to pay your Business Rates please follow the Pay Your Bills Online link on the right of this page.

(*Please note, there is a 1.7% surcharge for the use of credit cards)