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Explanatory notes, which form part of your bill, can be found in 'Related Documents' below.
Your charge is calculated by multiplying the rateable value of your property by the national non-domestic rating multiplier. This will normally be the amount you pay, but it could be increased/reduced if your property is subject to transitional arrangements. It may also be reduced by any reductions or reliefs you are entitled to.
Other than exempt properties, each non domestic property has a rateable value set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is an executive agency of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The rateable value broadly represents the yearly rent which the property could have been let for on the open market on a particular date.
The rateable value of your property will be shown on the front of your rate bill.
The VOA regularly reassess and update the rateable values of all business properties, usually every five years, to maintain fairness in the system and reflect changes in the property market. The last revaluation came into effect on 1 April 2017.
You can check, find and review your rateable value on the VOA's website at www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates. If you have reason to believe that your 2017 rateable value is not correct, follow the instructions on the site.
You will need to:
The Valuation Office is responsible for creating and maintaining the list of all rateable values. A copy of the local list can be inspected at:
Liverpool Valuation Office
Or you can view the latest 2010 full list for St Helens non domestic premises.
You can view the latest 2017 full list for St Helens non domestic premises.
If you wish to enquire about the valuation given to your property, please contact your regional Valuation Office Agency.
Two national non-domestic multipliers or "poundages" are set annually by the government to move in line with inflation. Up to 31 March 2017, business rate charges for properties with a rateable value of less than £18,000 were calculated using the smaller multiplier. From 1 April 2017, this extended to properties with rateable values of less than £51,000.
Small Business Multiplier
The relevant multiplier used in your calculation is shown on the front of your bill.