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Business Rates - calculating your bill

The local authority works out the Business Rates bill by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate multiplier. This factor, known as the "non-domestic rating multiplier", is fixed each year by the government. Your bill is then adjusted to take account of transitional arrangements.

 

For 2017/2018, the standard non-domestic rating multiplier has been set at 47.9p. Ratepayers entitled to Small Business Rate Relief have a lower multiplier. For 2017/2018, this has been set at 46.6p.

By law, multipliers cannot go up by more than the rate of inflation, apart from some minor adjustments to counteract losses from appeals and, in relation to the standard multiplier, to pay for small business rate relief.

Rating Multiplier

Business Rates multipliers 2017/2018

Year

 

Small Business Multiplier

46.6p

Standard Multiplier

47.9p

 

Business Rates Multipliers 2010-2017

Year

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

Small Business Multiplier

40.7p

42.6p

45.0p

46.2p

47.1p

48.0p

48.4p

Standard Multiplier

41.4p

43.3p

45.8p

47.1p

48.2p

49.3p

49.7p

 

Business Rates Multipliers 2005-2010

Year

2005/2006

2006/2007

2007/2008

2008/2009

2009/2010

Small Business Multiplier

41.5p

42.6p

44.1p

45.8p

48.1p

Standard Multiplier

42.2p

43.3p

44.4p

46.2p

48.5p

 

Business Rates Multipliers 2000-2005

Year

2000/2001

2001/2002

2002/2003

2003/2004

2004/2005

Multiplier

41.6p

43.0p

43.7p

44.4p

45.6p

 

Business Rates Multipliers 1995-2000

Year

1995/1996

1996/1997

1997/1998

1998/1999

1999/2000

Multiplier

43.2p

44.9p

45.8p

47.4p

48.9p

 

Business Rates Multipliers 1990-1995

Year

1990/1991

1991/1992

1992/1993

1993/1994

1994/1995

Multiplier

34.8p

38.6p

40.2p

41.6p

42.3p


Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements phase in the effect of significant changes in liabilities that arise from the 2017 revaluation of non-domestic property. Where appropriate, these arrangements will operate until March 2022. There are limits on the percentage by which bills may increase or decrease each year. Special rules deal with changes in rateable values and the merger or splitting of existing properties.

If you wish to do an estimate of your Business Rates charge you can go to Business Links website and use their estimator tool.

Further information is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website.