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Business rates

Business rates are the way those who occupy non domestic buildings contribute to the cost of local services. They are also known as non-domestic rates. We collect these rates and keep a percentage. 

The business rate is calculated by multiplying the rateable value of property by the standard or small business rating multiplier. The government sets the rating multiplier.

The Government has confirmed that the multipliers have been frozen for the financial year 2021/2022 and will therefore remain at the same levels as 2020/2021. 

For 2020/2021 the multiplier rates are: 

  • small business multiplier: 49.9p
  • standard multiplier: 51.2p

The Valuation Office Agency assess the rateable value of a property. They usually revaluate every 5 years and the rateable value and multiplier are updated from this. The next Rating List is due to come into force on 1 April 2023. 

You can pay your business rates online and manage your account through OpenAshfield

Letting us know about starting and ending occupation

You can let us know when you start occupying premises, or when you end occupation using the forms in the related documents section of this web page. 

Completed forms should be returned by: 

Business rates relief

There is extra help available for businesses due to coronavirus. The Rate Relief for Pubs has also been opened again for 2020/2021 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021). 

You may be able to get help through one of the business rate relief schemes. We manage: 

For many of the schemes we will contact you if you are eligible and you do not have to apply. 

Empty or partially occupied properties

You do not have to pay business rates on empty properties for up to 3 months. There is more information on this and on extended relief on the Gov.UK website. 

If part of your property is not being used and is completely unoccupied we may be able to offer a reduction on your rates. You will need to write to us and show: 

  • a detailed plan of the premises showing clearly which areas are currently occupied and which are unoccupied
  • the date that the part-occupation commenced and when it is expected to cease
  • the reason why the part-occupation became necessary
  • whether there is any intention to sublet or sell the unoccupied area
  • whether any machinery or equipment will be stored in this area
  • any other information in support of your claim.

Exempt properties

Some types of property are exempt from paying business rates. These include: 

  • farm land and agricultural buildings
  • churches
  • certain properties used by people with disabilities
  • property situated within an Enterprise Zone, such as Sherwood Business Park
  • public parks
  • moveable moorings
  • sewers. 

Latest business rates news

In the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that the Government would provide additional business rates support for eligible retail, hospitality, leisure, and nursery businesses in England occupying a qualifying property.

For more information please see the retail rate relief web page or the nursery discount web page

Ways to contact us about business rates

If you have questions about business rates, or paying your business rates, you can contact us by: 

Business Rates
Ashfield District Council
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield
Nottingham
NG17 8DA