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Business Rates

Business rates are taxes to help pay for local services. They are charged on most non-domestic properties including shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. As a business you will probably have to pay business rates if you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes.

Businesses pay business rates to the Treasury but local District and Borough councils are responsible for the collection of the fees. They are referred to as billing authorities. You can check which is your billing authority here or click the Local Authority area below:

•    Adur & Worthing
•    Arun
•    Chichester
•    Crawley
•    Horsham
•    Mid Sussex

Rates are calculated from the rateable value of your business premises and a multiplier set by the Government. The multiplier for 2016/2017 applicable to West Sussex is 49.7 pence in the pound. Small businesses can apply for relief from this value and can then pay 48.4 pence in the pound.


Some businesses are eligible for relief from business rates, to find out if you qualify click here. This is sometimes automatic, but you may need to apply through your local council in some cases.


For free impartial information and advice on this and a wide range of business matters, visit the GOV.UK website.

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