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How Business Rates are Calculated

We work out business rates each year by taking a property's rateable value and multiplying it by the 'multiplier' set by the government each year. If you think your rateable value is too high you have the right to appeal.

What rateable value means

All business properties which aren't homes are given a rateable value, as a way of measuring how valuable each property is.

The rateable value is an estimate of how much yearly rent the property could have earned on a particular date. Currently this date is 1 April 2008 for the current revaluation that took place on 1 April 2010.

Rateable values are usually revised every five years. The last revaluation was in 2010 and the government has announced that the next will be in 2017, not 2015.

Rateable values aren't set by the council but by the Valuation Office Agency, who are part of HM Revenues and Customs.

The  multiplier

Each year on 1st April the multiplier is changed by the government depending on the level of inflation.

In 2019/20 the multiplier is 50.4p, so if your rateable value was £100,000 we would multiply this by 50.4p and your bill would be £50,400

Changes to the Rateable Value

The rateable value may change if any physical changes are made to your property, for example building or demolishing an extension.  Please ensure that you tell us about any changes as soon as possible.

Appeal about your rateable value

You have the right to appeal to the Valuation Office Agency about your rateable value if you think it's too high, even if there haven't been any changes to the property or your business.

More information on Business Rates is available on - Business Rates Guidance. Alternatively, you can contact the local Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501501.

You can find out more about grounds for an appeal and how the process works on - Business Rates Appeals.

Business Rates Multipliers for each financial year 2005 to 2019

Financial year

Business Rates Multiplier

Small Business Rates Multiplier

2019/20Standard 50.4p49.1p


Standard 49.3p48.0p
2017/18Standard 47.9p



Standard 49.7p



Standard 49.3p



Standard 48.2p



standard 47.1p



standard 45.8p



standard 43.3p



standard 41.4p



standard 48.5p



standard 46.2p



standard 44.4p



standard 43.3p



standard 42.2p


The multiplier applied can be found on the front of your Business Rates bill.

Contact us

Tel: 01279 655261 Ext 7223


Write to:

Business Rates Section
East Herts Council
Pegs Lane
SG13 8EQ


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