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Business rates

Non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those occupying non-domestic properties contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced on 1 April 2013, the council keeps a proportion of the business rates paid locally. The money is used to help pay for the services provided by the council and other local authorities in your area.

More information is provided in the explanatory notes that are included with your business rates bill.

Changes to business rates announced in the Autumn Statement 2013

The chancellor of the exchequer announced the following changes to business rates in the autumn statement to take effect from 1 April 2014:
  • cap the Retail Price Index increase in business rates at 2% for one year.
  • a business rates discount of £1,000 for retail and food and drink premises with a rateable value below £50,000 for two years up to the state aid limits, from 1 April 2014. To apply, read the guidance notes to Retail Rate Relief (pdf 210kB) and then download, complete and return the Retail Rate Relief application form.
  • a 50% business rates relief for 18 months up to the state aid limits for businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for one year or more. Businesses which move into empty premises between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016 will be eligible for the relief.
  • extend the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year from 1 April 2014.
  • relax the Small Business Rate Relief rules to allow businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief to take on an additional property to retain Small Business Rate Relief on the first property for one year.
  • allow businesses to pay business rates over 12 months rather than 10 months, with effect from 1 April 2014.

For further information, please e mail or telephone 01271 388361.

Contact information

You can contact the business rates team in several ways.

By post:

North Devon Council
Civic Centre
North Walk
EX31 1EA

Telephone: 01271 388361
For Typetalk: precede with 18001
Fax: 01271 318572

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