Business Rates

The Government provides information on business rates including information on business rates reductions.

Explanatory Notes for Non Domestic Rates​

Paying Business Rates


You can also pay business​​ rates by direct debit

Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) can also pay their business rates online

Business rates relief

If you meet the criteria and wish to apply for a relief please contact us

Apply for Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) using our application form

Contact us on 0151 511 8932 or email

Business Rates Revaluation 2023 

The Government Agency, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) regularly updates the rateable values of all business and other non-domestic properties (properties that are not just private homes) in England and Wales. This is called a revaluation.   Rateable values are the amount of rent a property could have been let for on a set valuation date. For the 2023 valuation, that date was 1 April 2021. 

Local authorities use these rateable values provided by the Valuation Office Agency to calculate business rates bills.  Revaluations are carried out to reflect changes in the property market, which means that business rates bills are based on more up-to-date information. The next revaluation will come into effect on 1 April 2023.  

For enquiries regarding your business rates bill please contact . However, please note that the VOA is responsible for the valuation of your property. You will therefore need to contact the VOA for all queries about your rateable value.  

Finding your rateable value 

You are now able to see the future rateable value for your property and get an estimate of what your 2023/24 business rates bill may be. You can do this through the VOA’s Find a Business Rates Valuation Service on GOV.UK.  

Your property details need changing 

To tell the VOA about changes to your property details (such as floor area sizes and parking) you need a business rates valuation account. The VOA may accept your changes and update the current and future valuations.

Sign in or register for a business rates valuation account  

You think your rateable value is too high

From 1 April 2023, you will need to use a business rates valuation account to tell the VOA you think your rateable value is too high. You must continue to pay your business rates as normal until a decision has been made. Sign in or register for a business rates valuation account ready for 1 April 2023.  

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected future rateable values

The VOA bases most rateable values on an estimate of what it would cost to rent a property for a year, starting on a certain date. 

For the 2023 valuation, that date was 1 April 2021. This was during the pandemic and the rent information the VOA used reflected this.​​