Business rates is a local tax that is paid on all non-domestic/business property, in the same way that council tax is a tax on domestic property.
Business rates are charged on most business properties such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. However, the property does not have to be used for a business - if it is used for purposes which are not domestic it is likely to be rateable. We will send you a business rates bill each year.
Non-domestic rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues. The money, together with revenue from council tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.
Rates are payable on most occupied and some empty properties; however, there are certain classes of property that do not attract rates. Please see our exemptions and reliefs page for more information.
Download council tax and non-domestic rating (demand notices) explanatory notes 2017 [docx] 20KB for annual bills for financial year 2017-18.
Changes announced in March 2017 Budget
The Chancellor announced some changes to business rates that came into effect from 1 April 2017. These changes provide further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills following the 2017 revaluation. These changes were announced after our annual billing process and so will not show on your 2017-18 bills dated 10 March 2017.
The following changes were announced:
- Support for small businesses losing small business rate relief to limit increases in their bills
- Funding to be given to local authorities to provide support to individual hardship cases in our local area
- The introduction of a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000, subject to state aid limits for businesses with multiple properties, for one year from 1 April 2017
If you are eligible for the business rates discount for public houses, or additional support following the loss of small business rate relief, we will send you a revised bill once we are able to make the relevant changes to the accounts.
As further details on this additional help become available we will publish the information.
Your revenues service
The aim of our revenues service is to provide the borough's businesses with a reliable and efficient service. We issue business rates bills, process changes, provide advice and recover unpaid debts.
If any of your circumstances change you may need to let us know, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business rates e-billing
You can sign up for future e-billing, so that your invoices are sent by email rather than in the post.
Contact business rates
The administration of business rates for the borough of Ashford is handled by Canterbury City Council as part of a programme for Kent councils to work together. If you need to contact us by phone, fax or email, contact the business rates team at Canterbury:
Telephone: 01227 862316
Fax: 01227 862020
Please address any written correspondence or documents to:
Ashford Borough Council
Kent TN23 1PL