Business Rates

National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR), or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.


Covid-19 Business Grants - now closed

Local Authority Discretionary Grant - *Now Closed*
The Local Authority Discretionary Grant closed on 9 June 2020.

Grants for Small Business and Expanded Retail Discount (Retail, hospitality and leisure) - *Now closed*
The Government grant scheme closed on 28 August 2020, with final payments made by the end of September 2020.

Further Covid-19 Business Information and Support

Business Rates Holiday for Early Years Nurseries 

You do not need to contact us as nurseries in England will not have to pay any business rates for the 2020/21 financial year.  The relief will be automatically awarded and a recalculated bill will be sent to you.  Where any adjustments result in an account going into credit, a refund will be issued  as soon as possible. Find out more about Business Rates holiday for nurseries

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure 

You do not need to contact us as eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.  The relief will be automatically awarded and a recalculated bill will be sent to you.  Where any adjustments result in an account going into credit, a refund will be issued as soon as possible.  

It is important to note that only businesses meeting the government guidelines on eligibility will be entitled to this relief.  At the present time, the guidelines do not include businesses forming part the wider supply chain for these sectors.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

For further details of eligible premises Find out more about Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure  

Enquiries

You can now view your business rate account on-line by registering for an on-line account:

Register/log in to your Online Business Rates account

If you have any enquiries about your business rates bill, please contact the Non-Domestic Rating Section on 0300 303 8588 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Email Business Rates

Address for correspondence:

Business Rates Section
Mendip District Council
Cannards Grave Road
Shepton Mallet
BA4 5BT

Business rates is a local tax that is paid by the occupiers of 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 doesn't 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.
Details on how to pay your Non Domestic Rates (Business Rates)
Apart from properties that are exempt from business rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value which is set by officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. They draw up and maintain a full list of all rateable values.
There are a range of reductions available to business ratepayers.
The most frequently requested information relates to empty properties.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has now updated the rateable values of all business properties.
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