The Government has fixed a national rate of 47.1p in the pound for
2013-2014, and 46.2p in the pound for Small Business Rate Relief.
Business Rates or Non-Domestic Rates collected by local
authorities contribute towards the costs of local services. Under
the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April
2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid
locally. The money together with income from Council Tax,
Revenue Support Grant from the Government and certain other money
is used to pay for our services.
Who pays Business Rates?
The person or company who
actually occupies a non-domestic property usually pays the rates.
Often this will also be the owner or leaseholder of the
What properties count as non-domestic?
that is not solely intended for use as somebody's residence will be
liable for Non-Domestic Rates. Shops, offices, factories and
warehouses are obvious examples. Holiday homes that are available
for commercial letting for 140 days a year or more will be charged
Non-Domestic Rates. If you offer bed and breakfast to six people or
less within your own home, you will not pay Non-Domestic
Are any properties exempt from rates?
Some non-domestic properties are exempt from rates. The most common
types are farm land and buildings, churches, sewers and public
parks. Empty properties may also be exempt for up to three months
or longer in certain circumstances.
For further information regarding the Business Rates, you can
visit Business Link using the link on the right hand
If you have any questions regarding Business Rates, please
The Non-Domestic Rates Team, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion
House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth Staffs B79 7BZ.
Telephone: (01827) 709530
Tamworth Borough Council has a duty to protect public funds and
we may need to check your Business Rates information with other
information we hold.
We may also exchange information with other agencies, councils,
government departments or bodies administering public funds to
- make sure the information is accurate
- detect crime
- protect public funds
Write to us
If you wish to know more about
the information about you or the way we use it please write to the
information officer at Tamworth Borough Council or e-mail email@example.com