Wealden District Council

Business Rates

National Non-Domestic Rates Revaluation 2017 - The Government has confirmed that the next revaluation will take place from 1 April 2017 based on rental values at 1st April 2015.


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.

Rate Relief


There are several rate relief schemes which can reduce the amount of rates payable including Small Business Rate Relief and Retail Relief.

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.

Changes to business rates announced in the Autumn Statement, 2015

The following changes were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement 2015: 

  • the Government will extend the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year from 1 April 2016.

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:

Small Business Rate Relief

From April 2010, small businesses with a rateable value of up to £18,000 may qualify for small business rate relief.

Retail Relief

A discount of up to £1,500 in 2015/16 to retail premises with a rateable value of up to £50,000. Retail Relief ceased on 31 March 2015 however applications received before 1 October 2016 will be considered for 2015/16.   

Paying your business rates

Information about when and how to pay your business rates including online payments.

Rateable Value and Appeals

Further information about how the rateable value for a non-domestic property is calculated and details on how to appeal.

Empty Property Relief

If you have a vacant property you maybe exempt from paying rates.

Business Rates Relief

Information about rate relief for empty properties, charities, rural communities.

Transitional Arrangements

Information about the amount of business rates you pay after a re-valuation.

Contact Business Rates