Business Rates

On March 11 the Government announced their tax and spending plans for 2020/21 with the addition of a series of temporary rate reliefs and support for businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Budget 2020 – what does it mean for your business rates bill?

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 2020/21  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 Biffa 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:

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 Rate 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.