Business rates information

Where your money goes

The council has no control over business rates as the amount is set down by the Government.  Up until 31st March 2013, the money collected by the Council was pooled and redistributed by Central Government to councils as part of the annual formula grant settlement.

From 1st April 2013, along with all other Local Authorities, Brighton & Hove City Council will receive less Government grant but will keep about half of the Business Rates we collect locally providing a financial incentive to improve the local economy. The remainder will continue to go to Central Government for re-allocation to Local Authorities through various grants. Central Government will continue to set the amount of rates you must pay each year.

Brighton & Hove City Council is keen to support small business and the local economy as much as possible. We offer flexible payment options and have a discretionary rate relief scheme to help charities and not-for-profit organisations. 

We will also allow monthly instalments to be spread over 12 months of the year, until March 2015.

A guide to our services is sent with every business rates bill. We are required to produce this information each year.  You can download a copy of the 2014-2015 Guide to Business Rates in Brighton & Hove [PDF 803kb].

Refuse collection and disposal

  • the council only collects and disposes of household waste. 
  • Business Rates does not finance the collection or disposal of any waste generated in the course of a business. 
  • traders and businesses are legally required under the Environmental Protection Act (duty of care regulations) to securely store their waste and employ a licenced waste contractor to remove and dispose of their waste to an appropriate disposal point.
  • failure to comply with these regulations can result in unlimited fines. 
  • If you require more information please see our business and charity recycling and refuse collections page or contact the council's Recycling, Refuse and Street Cleaning Department.

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Calculating your business rate charge

Every business property has a rateable value (RV) on which the business rates charge is based.  Each year, the Government sets a multiplier, which is the rate in the pound by which the RV is multiplied.

There are two multipliers for the 2014/15 financial year (47.1 pence and 48.2  pence). The standard multiplier for 2014/15 is 48.2. All rate payers (except charities) occupying premises with a RV below £18,000 will have their liability calculated using a lower multiplier of 47.1 pence.

If, for example, you have an RV of £10,000, and your multiplier is 47.1 pence, your base charge for the year (before any reductions) would be £4710.00 (10000 x 0.471 = 4710.00).

Empty properties and those occupied by charities will have their liability calculated using the standard multiplier of 48.2 pence. 

The Valuation Office Agency has a short video explaining how we calculate your bill using the Rateable Value and multiplier.

Transitional arrangements and the 2010 revaluation             

Following the 2010 revaluation, which came into effect on 1 April 2010, special transitional arrangements will phase in significant increases or decreases in your business rates bill over a maximum of five years.

The transitional arrangements mean that rates bills for businesses operating from small properties won't rise as steeply as they would do otherwise (small properties are defined as those properties with rateable values below £18,000.

The set limits on the percentage by which your rates bill can increase each year, prior to inflation.

The set limits on the percentage by which your rates bill can decrease each year, prior to inflation.

The transitional arrangements do not cover increases from inflation or changes in the rateable value because of changes to the property, e.g. an extension.

Any applicable transitional relief or surcharge will be shown on your bill. 

Multipliers for previous years

  • 2013/14 - higher rate 47.1 pence, lower rate 46.2 pence
  • 2012/13 - higher rate 45.8 pence, lower rate 45 pence
  • 2011/12 - higher rate 43.3 pence, lower rate 42.6 pence
  • 2010/11 - higher rate 41.4 pence, lower rate 40.7 pence
  • 2009/10 - higher rate 48.5 pence, lower rate 48.1 pence
  • 2008/09 - higher rate 46.2 pence, lower rate 45.2 pence
  • 2007/08 - higher rate 44.4 pence, lower rate 44.1 pence

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Customer services

The Council is working hard to deliver the best possible service to you.  It is important to us that you receive an efficient and effective service.  Here are some facts and figures about how we are achieving this:

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Charity / Sports Club / Not for Profit Relief

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) are entitled to 80% relief where the property is:

  • occupied by the charity or the CASC, and is wholly or mainly used for the charitable purposes of the charity (or of that and other charities), and
  • for the purposes of the CASC (or of that and other CASCs).

We have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. Non-profit-making organisations can also be granted discretionary relief. Please contact us about this.


Please note - making an appeal does not allow you to withhold payment of your instalments. You should continue to pay as normal until your appeal is resolved.

Against liability

You can make an appeal if you think that you are not responsible for paying. This could be because someone else is, or because your property is exempt.  You can also appeal if you think there is a mistake on your bill. 

If you want to appeal, write to: Business Rates, Brighton & Hove City Council, PO Box 2929, Brighton, BN1 1PS, saying why you disagree with what you are being charged. 

Against rateable values (RVs) on business properties

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets the RVs for business properties.  From 1 April 2010, the rateable value of a property represents its annual open market rental value as at 1 April 2008.    There is normally  a revaluation every five years.  However, the Government has delayed the next revaluation until 2017.       

You can inspect the 2010 and 2005 lists of all rated properties on-line or at:

Eastbourne Valuation Office, St Anne's House, St Anne's Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3LG
Telephone:  03000 501 501

You may also inspect the rating lists at the council's Brighton Customer Service Centre during normal working hours. 


Private rating agents (business rates)

Be careful before entering into a contract with a rating advisor as they cannot guarantee reductions in rateable values.

Even if they are successful, this may not reduce the amount you have to pay.


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