Horsham District Council would normally be issuing the annual Business Rates bills at the start of March 2021. However, the Government has suggested that local authorities consider delaying the annual billing process until after the Chancellor has set out the next phase of the Government’s plans to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, protect jobs and support businesses in the Budget on 3 March 2021.
In light of this advice, and to prevent confusion and concern to customers during what is already a very difficult time for our local businesses, the Council has made the decision to delay issuing the annual Business Rates bills until after the Budget.
Once details of the Budget are known and how this affects our Business Rates customers we will provide further updates on what will happen next.
What are business rates?
Business rates, also known as national non-domestic rates, are a tax on those responsible for commercial property. Business rates contribute to local services - they are the equivalent of Council Tax for non-domestic properties.
Horsham District Council works with LGSS to collect business rates.
How are your business rate calculated?
Your business rate is set by the government's Valuation Office Agency. You can find and check your business rate valuation using the government's online tool.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures to support businesses
A number of measures have been announced by The Chancellor to support businesses. The schemes that will affect business rates bills are:
- Small business grant funding
- Retail discount (for properties with a rateable value of under £51,000)
- Pub relief
- Nursery relief
Horsham District Business rates are administered by LGSS. For further up-to-date information, visit the LGSS Business Rates webpage.