Business Rates (National Non-domestic Rates)
On 15 March 2017 the council issued approximately 8,000 Non-domestic Rates bills and 53,000 Council Tax bills for the new financial year starting on 1 April 2017.
This usually generates a lot of enquiries by telephone, email and letter. Please be aware that there may be some delay in responding to enquiries as a result.
Please accept our sincere apologies for this delay.
Business Rates Overview
The non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local councils are the means by which businesses and others who occupy non-domestic property make a contribution towards the cost of local services.
District and county councils retain a proportion of the funds collected, with the remainder sent to central government and redistributed to local councils according to a number of factors including levels of deprivation, sparsity and the number of people living in the area.
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 council and other local authorities in your area.
Non-domestic Rates 2017 to 2018
Additional Business Rates Relief announced in the March 2017 Budget
In the Budget on 8 March 2017 the Chancellor announced a package of measures providing additional relief for some Business Rate payers in 2017/18.
We had already printed our business rate bills for 2017/18 before this additional help was announced.
The Government has not yet provided full details of the relief schemes to councils.
Businesses who may be eligible for some relief include pubs with rateable values below £100,000, ratepayers who get Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief this year but are not eligible in 2017/18. As soon as details are announced we will identify eligible ratepayers and invite them to apply for the relief.
In addition we anticipate the Council will receive an allocation to support those businesses that face the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation and can demonstrate hardship. Further details of how to apply for this relief will be published on our website in due course.
Business Rates Instalments
Business rate payers can pay their rates bill by 12 monthly instalments instead of the normal 10 instalments. If you want to pay your business rates over 12 instalments, please email us now at Enquiries12@southlakeland.gov.uk giving your name, the address of your business including your postcode and your business rates account number from the front of your bill.
A revised non-domestic rate bill will be issued in due course.
The following links will provide more information relating to your Business Rates