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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 2016/2017, the standard non-domestic rating multiplier has been set at 49.7p. Ratepayers entitled to Small Business Rate Relief have a lower multiplier. For 2016/2017, this has been set at 48.4p.

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

For 2016/2017, the government has set two multipliers: the Small Business Non-Domestic Rate Multiplier of 0.484 and the National Non-Domestic Rate Multiplier of 0.497.

Business Rates multipliers 2016/2017
Year2016 / 2017
Small Business Multiplier48.4p
Standard Multiplier49.7p


Business Rates Multipliers 2010-2016 
Small Business Multiplier40.7p42.6p45.0p46.2p47.1p48.0p
Standard Multiplier41.4p43.3p45.8p47.1p48.2p49.3p


Business Rates Multipliers 2005-2010
Small Business Multiplier41.5p42.6p44.1p45.8p48.1p
Standard Multiplier42.2p43.3p44.4p46.2p48.5p


Business Rates Multipliers 2000-2005


Business Rates Multipliers 1995-2000


Business Rates Multipliers 1990-1995

 Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements phase in the effect of significant changes in liabilities that arise from the 2010 revaluation of non-domestic property. Where appropriate, these arrangements will operate until March 2017. 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.