There are two multipliers:
- the 2016/17 standard non-domestic rating multiplier is 49.7 pence
- the 2016/17 small business non-domestic rating multiplier is 48.4 pence
The standard non-domestic rating multiplier is slightly higher to pay for small business rate relief. Except in the City of London where special arrangements apply, the Government sets the multipliers for each financial year for the whole of England according to formulae set by legislation.
Between revaluations 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 revaluation the multipliers are rebased to account for overall changes to total rateable value and to ensure that the revaluation does not raise extra money for Government.
If you are only in occupation for part of the year, we calculate the exact portion that you owe by splitting the annual charge to a daily rate and multiplying this by the number of days you are in occupation or are entitled to occupy the property.
Apart from properties that are exempt from business rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value which is set by the valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
The rateable value of your property broadly represents the yearly rent the property could have been let for on the open market on a particular date. For the revaluation that came into effect on 1 April 2010, this date was set as 1 April 2008.
Your rateable value can be obtained from the Valuation Office Agency website.
The valuation officer may alter the value if circumstances change. The ratepayer (and certain others who have an interest in the property) can appeal against the value shown in the list if they believe it is wrong.
Further information about the grounds on which appeals may be made and the process for doing so can be found on the VOA website.
All rateable values are generally reassessed every five years at a general revaluation to ensure bills paid by any one ratepayer reflect changes over time in the value of their property relative to others. The current rating list is based on the 2010 revaluation. Subject to royal assent being granted to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, the next revaluation will be postponed until 2017 to provide greater stability for businesses to encourage economic growth.
Five yearly revaluations will continue from 2017. For those ratepayers who would otherwise have seen significant increases in their rates liability, the Government has put in place a transitional relief scheme to limit and phase in changes. The transitional arrangements are applied automatically to your demand notice.