Business rates

Business rates are payable on all occupied and some unoccupied business premises within North Somerset.

Every business or non-domestic property is awarded a "rateable value" by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). North Somerset Council, as a local authority, uses this rateable value to calculate business rates liability. The occupier of a business property would be liable to pay rates.  If a property was empty; the rates liability would fall to the owner or leaseholder.

If you have a query or wish to appeal against your rateable value contact the VOA on 03000 505 150 or visit their website. Please note however, that rates are payable pending any query or appeal.

Also known as national non-domestic rates, North Somerset Council collects business rates and since April 2013 is allowed to retain 49% which helps towards the cost of local council services. In addition, 1% is paid to the Avon Fire Authority and the remaining 50% rates are collected on behalf of the Government's Communities and Local Government (CLG) department.

Depending on your circumstances and nature of your business you may be entitled to relief.

Small business rate relief scheme

Depending on the size of your business you may be eligible for small business rate relief, which could reduce your bill by up to 50%.

For more information visit North Somerset Council's website or contact North Somerset Council Rates’ Helpline on 01934 888 143.

Rural rate relief

  • The current rateable value threshold is £8,500 for a sole general store or post office, or for a food shop.
  • The current rateable value threshold is £12,500 for a sole petrol filling station or pub.
  • The current threshold for discretionary relief is £16,500.

For more information, including an application form visit North Somerset Council's website or contact North Somerset Council Rates’ Helpline on 01934 888 143.

Information about appeals, arrears, payments and other relief schemes

Visit North Somerset Council’s website.