Stay In The Loop - Sign Up For Email Alerts
Plymouth - Britain's Ocean City Plymouth Newsroom, latest news and information


Mail :
Non Domestic Rates Section
Corporate Support
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 304966
Email :
Fax :
01752 304278


Calculator and glasses

Business rates (national non domestic rates)

Top tasks

Business rates

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 on 1 April 2013, the Council keeps a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for the Council to work with local businesses to create a favourable environment for growth as Plymouth 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 the Council and other local authorities in your area.

Changes to business rates announced in the autumn statement

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the following changes to business rates in the autumn statement

  • The government will allow businesses to pay business rates over 12 months rather than 10 months, with effect from 1 April 2014. If you would like to take the opportunity to spread your payments over 12 months please contact the Business Rates Team on 01752 304966, or email us at when you receive your bill.
  • The government will cap the Retail Price Index increase in business rates at 2 per cent for 1 year from 1 April 2014.
  • The government will introduce a business rates discount of £1,000 for retail, food and drink premises with a rateable value below £50,000 for two years up to the state aid limits from 1 April 2014. If you are eligible, the relief will automatically be applied to your account. Plymouth City Council will not apply the relief to any properties we consider not being retail, or to any properties we feel are likely to exceed state aid. If you have not received the discount, and you feel you meet the criteria please contact the Business Rates Team on 304966 or email us at

The government will introduce a 50 per cent business rates relief for 18 months up to the state aid limits for businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for a year or more. Businesses which move into empty premises between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016 will be eligible for the relief. If the property is eligible, the relief will automatically be applied.

The government will extend the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year from 1 April 2014. The government will relax the Small Business Rate Relief rules to allow businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief taking on an additional property to retain Small Business Rate Relief on the first property for 1 year, with effect from 1 April 2014.

We administer national non domestic rates but work to regulations controlled by Central Government. Visit the Department of Communities and Local Government website for a full guide to business rates.

We have decided not to spend money this year producing the council tax and business rates booklets. However, the information about how your bill is calculated and how we spend your money, is available below.

Our Finance Plan below shows how we are prioritising our budget and addressing these challenges.

If you would like to see a business rates officer please phone to arrange an appointment. If you don't have an appointment before visiting the Civic Centre a member of staff may not be able to see you, particularly during busy periods.

If you have any suggestions which you feel would help improve the business rates section of the website, please use our business rates enquiry form and head it website improvements. Please supply details of the improvement, your name and contact telephone number.