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What business rates are

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Business rates are taxes on non-domestic properties including shops and offices. The amount payable in business rates is set by the government, but the council is responsible for collecting the tax owed.

Half of the money collected from business rates is currently retained locally, with half being passed on to central government.

Calculation of business rates

Business rates are worked out based on your property's 'rateable value', which is determined by the Valuation Office. You can estimate your business rates by multiplying the rateable value by the correct ‘multiplier’ (an amount set by central government).

More information about business rates is available via GOV.UK.

View the Middlesbrough Council business rates explanatory notes (2020/2021).

Council spending plans

Money raised from business rates helps to fund the services provided by Middlesbrough Council. View Middlesbrough Council's spending plans for 2020 to 2021.


The Valuation Office gives all non-domestic properties new rateable values approximately every five years. The most recent revaluation came into effect on 1 April 2017.

Using GOV.UK, you can search for your property to check your valuation and estimate your business rates.

Transitional arrangements

Property values normally change a good deal between each valuation. Transitional arrangements phase in the changes gradually so businesses don't face huge increases or decreases in their bills.