Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost 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 revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by the Council and other local authorities in Wealden.
Business rates are charged on most properties such as shops, offices, pubs warehouses and factories. We will send you a business rates bill each year.
Business Rates Explanatory Notes
View or download the Business Rates explanatory Notes 2017/18 (pdf) to accompany demand notices for Business rates.
There are several rate relief schemes which can reduce the amount of rates payable including Small Business Rate Relief. View our Small Business Rate Relief webpage for further information, which includes a link to the small business rate relief application form.
You do not need to employ a rating agent to apply for rates relief.
Please note that business rates do not cover collections of business waste. This must be paid for separately either through Kier or another registered waste carrier.
More information and useful contacts
The Business Rates team is the main source of information if you have any questions about your rates bill. Contact details are below. There are links below to information on how to pay your rates and the reliefs which may be available to you.
Helpful advice for existing businesses and if you are thinking of starting a new business, can be found on the Government's website (external link).
The VOA (external link) has information about the rateable value of your business and how it has been calculated.
If your business is moving, you can tell us online:
- Tell Business Rates that you're Moving into Wealden - if you are moving from outside the Wealden District into a property within the District
- Tell Business Rates that you're Moving within Wealden - if your move is from one property to another within the Wealden District
- Tell Business Rates that you're Moving out of Wealden - if you are moving to a property out of Wealden.
Information about when and how to pay your business rates including online payments.
Further information about how the rateable value for a non-domestic property is calculated and details on how to appeal.
If you have a vacant property you maybe exempt from paying rates.
Information about rate relief for empty properties, charities, rural communities.
Information about the amount of business rates you pay after a re-valuation.