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Business rates

Non-Domestic Rates, or Business Rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Except in the City of London where special arrangements apply, the rates are pooled by central government and redistributed to local authorities as part of the annual formula grant settlement.

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.

Copies of the Erewash Borough Council Guide to Council Tax and Business Rates for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 and the Derbyshire County Council Information Leaflet for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 can be viewed on the Account enquiries page.

National Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier

The local authority works out the Business Rates bill by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate multiplier. There are two multipliers; the standard non-domestic rating multiplier and the small business non-domestic rating multiplier.  The former is higher to pay for small business rate relief. The Government sets the multipliers for each financial year for the whole of England, except in the City of London where special arrangements apply, according to formulae set by legislation.

2010/11

  • Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 41.4p in the £
  • Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 40.7p in the £

2011/12

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 43.3p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 42.6p in the £

2012/13

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 45.8p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 45.0p in the £

2013/14

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 47.1p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 46.2p in the £

2014/15

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 48.2p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 47.1p in the £

2015/16

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 49.3p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 48.0p in the £

2016/17

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 49.7p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 48.4p in the £

2017/18

  • The Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 47.9p in the £
  • The Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier is 46.6p in the £

The multipliers change each year in line with inflation and to take account of the cost of small business rate relief. In the year of a revaluation, the multipliers are recalculated to account for overall changes to rateable value and to ensure that the revaluation does not raise extra money for government. The current multipliers are shown on the front of your bill.

Revaluation and Transitional Arrangements

All rateable values are re-assessed every five years at a general revaluation.  However, the Government postponed the last revaluation that was scheduled for 2015 until 2017. 

Revaluations make sure each ratepayer pays their fair contribution and no more, by ensuring that the share of the national rates bill paid by any one ratepayer reflects changes over time in the value of their property relative to others. Revaluation does not raise extra money for Government. 

Whilst the 2017 revaluation will not increase the amount of rates collected nationally, within this overall picture, some properties will see their business rate liabilities reduced and other ratepayers will see increases.

For those that would otherwise see significant increases in their rates liability, the Government has put in place a transitional relief scheme to limit and phase in changes in rate bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation. To help pay for the limits on increases in bills, there also have to be limits on reductions in bills. Under the transition scheme, limits continue to apply to yearly increases and decreases until the full amount is due (rateable value times the appropriate multiplier).

The scheme applies only to the bill based on a property at the time of the revaluation. If there are any changes to the property after 1st April 2017, transitional arrangements will not normally apply to the part of a bill that relates to any increase in rateable value due to those changes.

The transitional arrangements are applied automatically and are shown on the front of your bill. Further information about transitional arrangements and other reliefs may be obtained from the Reductions page or the business rates section of the GOV.UK website

More information on revaluation 2017 can be found on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.