Business rates explained

What are business rates?

Business rates are a local tax charged on most non-domestic properties​. It is also known as National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR)​. 

Business rates are based on the property's rateable value and is set by the Valuation Office Agency. The council has no say in how your rateable value is calculated. This rateable value will change from April 2017. This means the amount of business rate you'll pay could change.

Where the money goes

Business rates contribute to our overall budget, along with council tax, other fees, rents and licences. It helps fund the services we provide as a council and other local services such as East Sussex Fire Authority, and:

  • the promotion of the city as a conference and recreational venue
  • economic planning and development
  • road and transport infrastructure
  • street cleaning
  • housing
  • children and adult social care

The council keeps about half of the business rates collected and the rest goes to central government for reallocation to local authorities through various grants. 

Who pays business rates

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties such as:

  • shops
  • offices
  • pubs
  • warehouses
  • factories
  • beach huts

You will probably have to pay business rates if you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes, even if this is not for a business. 

Rubbish collection and disposal

The council collects and disposes of household waste only. We don't collect business waste.

Traders and businesses are legally required to store their waste securely and employ a licensed waste contractor to remove and dispose of their waste. Failure to comply can result in unlimited fines.