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Business Rates

Find business rate information with links to business rates calculations, payments and reliefs.

Business rates in North Lincolnshire

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, like shops, offices, pubs, warehouses, factories, holiday rental homes or guest houses. For more information see business rates on Gov.UK.

On 3 March 2021 the Government confirmed that the expanded retail discount would continue to apply in 2021/22, as detailed below:

  • 100% relief for three months – from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 with no cash cap
  • Followed by 66% relief for the remaining period – from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. This is capped at £105,000 per business, or £2 million per business where the business is in occupation of a property that was required (or would have been required) to close based on the law and guidance applicable on 5 January 2021

Day nurseries

As announced at the Budget on 3 March 2021 by the Chancellor, the Government will continue to provide eligible nursery properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.

For more information please visit business rates on Gov.UK

Due to the timing of the Budget, the system software required to calculate these changes could not be applied in time for our annual billing production. We have therefore had to bill based on the legislation before the Budget announcements, resulting in retail relief ending on 31 March 2021.

Affected ratepayers do not need to take any action with regard to the bill they receive dated 8 March 2021. No payment is due or expected as stated on it. Any direct debit instructions still in place will not be collected and any automatic recovery action will not be taken for any perceived non-payment.

Please note: Direct debit payments will still continue to be collected for anyone paying on a recovery special arrangement.

If you are still eligible for the retail relief, you will receive a revised bill mid June 2021 that will take into account all the new legislation. These new measures are only for the 2021/2022 financial year.

All ratepayers have the option of declining their retail relief. If you wish to decline the retail relief as described in the Budget, please contact us as soon as possible.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused at this time. If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact us at nndr@northlincs.gov.uk or 0300 3030164 option 4.

We offer various ways to pay business rates, including direct debit and online payments.

For all payments

  • Please quote your Payment Reference Number so that your payments are credited to the correct account
  • Payment should be received on or before the instalment dates shown on the bill
  • Notices will be issued if payments are not received by the due dates
  • Failure to pay your bill will result in the instalment payment option being withdrawn and recovery action being taken
  • If you have lost your bill, please contact us to request a copy

For general enquiries please contact us.

Making a payment

To make a payment, or to view your business rate (NNDR) balance please use our online payments portal:

Or you can choose one of the following payment methods:

Direct debit – the easy way to pay

To pay by direct debit please print out, and complete the Business Rates Direct Debit Form [PDF, 64Kb]. You can either return it to the address on the form or send to nndr@northlincs.gov.uk.

Alternatively, call 0300 3030164 (option 4) to arrange the direct debit over the phone. This is our preferred method of payment. It is easier and cheaper for us to administer.

Pay by telephone

Call 0300 3030164 (option 1) to pay.  This line is available to make payments 24 hours a day.

You can pay over the telephone using a debit or credit card.  You will need your Payment Reference Number and card details to hand.

Personal banking

The council’s bank is Barclays plc. Sort code 20-76-30. Account number 83416593.

You MUST quote your non-domestic business rate account number. Please note, if paying this by standing order, you must ensure your payment reaches us by the first of every month. Failure to do so will result in a reminder being issued.

Barcode rate demand notice

You can pay by cash or debit card at any Post Office or by cash at any PayPoint outlet at no additional cost using the barcode on your bill.

When making a cash or debit card payment at a Post Office or shop that accepts PayPoint payments:

  • hand over your demand notice, or card, with your payment
  • your payment will be processed
  • your demand notice, or card, will be returned to you
  • you will also receive a printed receipt to confirm your payment

Make sure you get a receipt for every payment.

To find your nearest PayPoint store, click the PayPoint Locator.

You can tell us about a change affecting your business rates using our online forms below:

Reduction and relief information for non domestic rates (NNDR)

Please contact us if you need any further information.  Please remember to have your account number to hand.

Reliefs effective from 1 April 2021

Retail Relief

The Expanded Retail Discount (2020/21) will be extended for three months for eligible properties at 100% relief (uncapped) for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the Expanded Retail Discount would apply at 66% relief for eligible properties in the scheme – with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for business permitted to open at that date.

1. Hereditaments that meet the eligibility for Expanded Retail Discount will be occupied hereditaments which meet all of the following conditions for the chargeable day:

They are wholly or mainly being used:

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

2. We consider shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues to mean:

  • Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public.

For more information see business rates on Gov.UK.

Local Newspapers

The extension of the £1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspapers will apply for an additional five years until 31 March 2025.

Partly occupied property relief

The full non-domestic rate is due whether a property is wholly or partly occupied. Where a property is partly occupied for a short time we have discretion, in certain cases, to award relief for the unoccupied part.

Charity and community amateur sports relief

Charities and registered community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) are entitled to 80 per cent relief in many cases. If the property is occupied by the charity of the CASC and is wholly or mainly used for the charitable purposes of charity, or for the purposes of the CASC (or of that and other CASCs), relief will be granted. We also have discretion to give further relief on the remaining 20 per cent of the bill.

Hardship relief

We have discretion to give relief in special circumstances.

Rate relief for businesses in rural areas

Certain types of properties in a rural settlement, with a population below 3,000, may be entitled to relief. The property must be:

  • the only general store, the only Post Office, or a food shop and have a rateable value of less than £8,500, or
  • be the only public house or the only petrol station and have a rateable value of less than £12,500

The property must be occupied. An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50 per cent of the full charge. We have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. In addition, we can give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement, where the rateable value is less than £16,500.

Small business rate relief is only available to ratepayers who occupy either:

  • one property, or
  • one main property and other additional properties

For details of small business rate relief visit the business rates relief page on Gov.UK

You can apply to the council for small business rate relief online:

If an application for relief is granted, the ratepayer will not need to re-apply for relief in each new valuation period (providing the conditions for relief apply at the relevant time, for both the property and the ratepayer).

Changes in circumstance

When you have a change in circumstance, it may affect your small business rate relief. Please notify us immediately of either of the following changes:

  • The ratepayer taking up occupation of a property they did not occupy at the time of making their application for relief
  • An increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of the local authority which granted the relief

Notification of these changes must be given to the council within four weeks of the day on which the change happened. If this happens, there will be no interruption to the ratepayer’s entitlement to the relief.

You must make a fresh application for relief if you take up occupation of an additional property. Notice of an increase in rateable value must be given in writing.

Please contact us for full details on the eligibility criteria.

Business rates are 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.

This money, together with revenue from council taxpayers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local council and other local authorities in your area.

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.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information.

We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.

If you have a query about business rates please contact us.

Rateable values

The rateable value is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (which is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs). A property’s rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for if it were available to let on the open market at a fixed valuation date.

If you think your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details at the GOV.UK website.  Their address is: Non-domestic Rates North East, Valuation Office Agency, Earle House, Colonial Street, Hull, HU2 8JN. Tel: 0300 0501501

National non-domestic rating multiplier

Councils work out the business rates bill by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate multiplier. There are two multipliers:

  • the standard non-domestic rating multiplier
  • the small business non-domestic rating multiplier

The standard multiplier is higher, to pay for small business rate relief.

The Government sets the multipliers for each financial year, according to formulae set by legislation. Between revaluations, the multipliers change each year in line with inflation, and take account of the cost of small business rate relief. In the year of revaluation the multipliers are rebated to account for overall changes to total rateable value and to ensure that the revaluation does not raise extra money for Government. The current multipliers are shown on the front of your bill.

Revaluation 2017 and transitional arrangements

The VOA regularly reassesses and updates the rateable values of all business properties (usually every five years). This is called a revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall.

For information on the 2017 revaluation, rateable values, and business rates you can find more details at the Business Rates Introduction on the GOV.UK website.

Revaluation revenue

The 2017 revaluation will not increase the amount of rates collected nationally. The Government believes it is important to provide the greatest support to small and medium businesses seeing increases and to also allow those small and medium businesses seeing reductions to gain quickly from the revaluation.

The transitional arrangements were applied automatically and shown on the front of the bill. Further information about transitional arrangements and other reliefs may be obtained from North Lincolnshire Council or the Government’s business link website.

More information on revaluation 2017 can be found at the Valuation Office Agency’s website

Unoccupied property rating

If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your bill.

Business Rates are not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties. After this period, rates are payable in full, unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government, by Order. In most cases, the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. In addition, there are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate.

For full details please contact us.

Rating advisors

Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about the rateable value of their rates bill. Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge. However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institute of Revenues and Rating (IRRV) are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct, designed to protect the public from misconduct.

Before you employ a rating advisor, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract.

Related documents

If you own or hold a lease for a non-domestic property, and it is empty and not in use, then you may be entitled to a period of exemption from the date it first became empty.

If the property remains empty after that exemption period, you will be liable to pay full business rates.

For further information visit the business rate relief page on GOV.UK.

This explains what happens if you fail to pay business rates, and the summons procedures for the recovery of unpaid business rates.

Non payment of business rates

If you are experiencing difficulties paying your business rates please contact us to see how we can help.

Missed instalments

If an instalment is not paid by the due date:

  • a reminder notice will be issued
  • the reminder will show the amount required to be paid to bring your instalments up to date
  • you will have seven days to make the payment or the right to pay by instalments will be removed

Once instalments have been cancelled:

  • a further seven days will be given to pay the full balance otherwise further recovery action will be taken
  • at this stage bringing the account ‘up-to-date’ will not be sufficient to prevent legal action being taken against you
  • if this happens you will receive a summons to appear before the Magistrates Court

Summonsed to court

Business Rates Summons and Liability Audio Hearing

If you have received a Summons Notice from the council, it means that they will ask the court to grant a liability order for unpaid business rates. A liability order means that the court agrees that you owe the money and that the council can take steps to collect it by taking control of goods, bankruptcy, or winding up order.

At present, liability order hearings are held remotely by audio link. You should not attend a Magistrates Court building.

Your options

You have some options:

  • Pay off the amount on the summons in full including the costs – that will end the case
  • Do nothing – the council will ask the court to make the liability order in your absence
  • If you accept that you owe the money, you can make an agreement with the council about how you will pay it (usually in instalments)

If you make an agreement to pay with the council, they will still ask the court for a liability order. But if you stick to the agreement, they will not take any other steps (seizing goods etc). However, should you default on payment the liability order will be enforced. To make an agreement you should contact the council immediately on 0300 303 0164 rather than waiting for the court hearing. If you do that, you will probably not need to attend the court hearing as the council will ask the court to make the liability order in your absence. Then they will collect the money as you and the council have agreed. If you are thinking about disputing the order (instead of paying – perhaps by instalments – or doing nothing) you should read the notes on the back of the Summons. They tell you what the council must prove to the court, and what defences you have. These are listed below. Then, if you still want to dispute the liability order you must, check the Defences to a Liability or to be sure you have a valid defence.

Then:

  • Contact the council at least seven days prior to the court hearing and have a meeting with them to explain why you believe you are not liable
  • If you cannot agree, you will be given a time to attend court by way of a telephone hearing
  • You will need to make yourself available for this telephone hearing for the full period of time the council will give you
  • If you are not available and fail to answer the call when the court telephones you the court may make the liability order against you in your absence

Please Note: if you turn up at the Magistrates’ Court without a prior appointment, you may be refused entry and your case may be heard in your absence.

Defences to a liability order

These are defences which have previously been successful:

NNDR: Local Government Finance Act 1989. National Non-Domestic Rating (Collection & Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989.

  • There is no entry in the rating list effective for the period for which the defendant is alleged to have been liable to pay the business rates
  • That the bill, reminder/final notice, and summons have not been demanded or served in accordance with the National Non-Domestic Rating (Collection & Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989
  • That the amount demanded has been paid
  • The ratepayer is deceased
  • That application was made more than six years after the first demand notice was issued
  • That the council is in breach of the duty to service notices “as soon as practicable” in the relevant year
  • Although you occupy only part of the premises in one assessment you are being charged for the whole property (with no lease in place for this)

The court will issue a liability order if the council has done what it should, and you are the person responsible for the council tax at that property but you have not got an acceptable defence

The extra costs of non payment

The Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1990 PART III Regulation 7, allows for the court to make an order for reasonable costs incurred in the application.

  • A Non-domestic Rates Summons is £55 plus £10 for the Liability Order
  • A Committal Summons is £245 plus a further £105 for a Warrant of Arrest
  • A liability order received by an enforcement agent (bailiff) for collection incurs a compliance fee of £75 and an enforcement fee of £235 for a visit by an enforcement agent

For further information please contact us on nndr@northlincs.gov.uk or 0300 3030164

Dealing with all the problems debt creates can be difficult, but you can find help and guidance from the following organisations:

They can give advice if you are worried about any of the following:

  • You are struggling with your finances
  • You think your home or business is at risk
  • You are worried about legal action being taken against you
  • Your creditors will not accept the payments you are offering
  • You do not feel confident in sorting out your finances
  • You have any questions about your finances

Contact us if you are having difficulties paying. This gives us a chance to work together to clear the debt. We are here to help where possible, and will work closely with other departments and agencies to help give you support.

Help us to help you

When we write to you about your debt, please contact us so that we can discuss your outstanding debt.

Avoid the unpleasant consequences of ignoring debt, such as enforcement agents, court procedures and bankruptcy.

We receive a number of requests for information about business rate accounts (non-domestic properties). To provide a better understanding of business rates in North Lincolnshire the following information is made available.

Business rate billing

The Business rates annual statistics [XLS, 14Kb] document is published annually and contains information to the end of the last financial year, including:

  • number of reminders, summonses and liability orders issued during the year
  • number of business rates cases referred to bailiffs
  • costs to court (gross value of costs raised, including summonses)

The Costs raised and paid for Summons and Liability Orders [XLS, 11Kb] are shown on a separate spreadsheet and are also updated annually.

The Business rates live accounts at end of last calendar year [XLSX, 416Kb] contains details of properties liable for business rates. It will be updated annually, each January, with a list of accounts that were live on 31 December.

The following information will be updated every six months:

The New liabilities this year [XLS, 32Kb] and Ended liabilities this year [XLS, 21Kb] are updated monthly with the previous month’s figures available by the end of the current month.  These provide a list of all North Lincolnshire properties newly liable for non domestic rates, and a list of properties no longer liable for non domestic rates.

We cannot vouch for the ongoing accuracy of the data, as accounts are updated daily and the information published on this page is only updated periodically.

COVID-19 Grants for Businesses

In response to COVID-19, the Government announced there would be a scheme of financial support for businesses. This support is taking the form of multiple grants.

Details of businesses who have received support from the council for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund are in the North Lincolnshire Council Covid Grants [XLS, 241Kb]

Please also see attached details of businesses that have benefited from the Local Restrictions Support Grant, Closed Business Lockdown Payment and Wet Pub Christmas Support Grant:

Information we do not publish

We are unable to disclose information relating to individuals and properties owned by individuals. This information is classed as “personal data” as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998, and is exempt from disclosure by section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information about this, please see the Information Tribunal decision for The London Borough of Bexley and Mr C P England v The Information Commissioner.

Further information

The Valuation Office Agency website:

  • provides details of rateable values
  • gives descriptions and total area of individual business properties
  • finds and compares business properties’ rateable values
  • allows you to appeal your business property’s rateable value

The Land Registry provides ownership details for registered land and for registered property.

Enforcement Agents act on behalf of the council. Further information about the agents is available on our Enforcement Agents webpage.

The Government announced in its Spring Budget on 8 March 2017 that there would be more financial help available to support businesses.

The outline of these measures are:

Supporting small business rate relief

As part of the March 2017 budget, the Government announced that it would provide business rates relief for businesses who had lost small business rates or rural rate relief following the 2017 property revaluation. The relief will limit any increase in the ratepayer’s 2017/18 bill to £600 more than they paid in 2016/17.

Hereditaments eligible for charity or community amateur sports club relief or hereditaments which are unoccupied are not eligible for supporting small business rate relief.

This relief has been awarded automatically and qualifying ratepayers have been notified.

Pub relief

The Government has announced a new relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value of below £100,000. Under the scheme, eligible pubs will receive a £1,000 discount on their bill. The relief will have effect from 1 April 2017 (until 31 March 2019) to eligible pubs that:

  • are open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

This relief has been awarded to qualifying businesses and revised bills have been issued.

The reliefs are subject to state aid limits and declaration forms have been sent where applicable.

Revaluation discretionary relief

In the Spring Budget 2017 the Chancellor also announced a discretionary fund of £300m over a four year period from 2017/18 would be made available to support those businesses that faced the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation.

Each billing authority in England will be provided with a share of £300m to support their local businesses and are expected to use their share of funding to develop their own discretionary relief scheme, delivering targeted support to the most hard-pressed ratepayers.

North Lincolnshire Council’s allocation of this funding for discretionary relief is £480,000 spread across the next four years. This comprises £280,000 for 2017/18; £136,000 for 2018/19; £56,000 for 2019/20; and £8,000 for 2020/21. These amounts reflect the maximum level of relief that can be awarded to local businesses.

The relief will be targeted at businesses which occupy properties with lower rateable values and those which are facing the most significant increases in bills.

Eligible ratepayers will automatically be awarded relief without the need for completion of an application form.

If a state aid form has been issued, no relief will be awarded until this has been completed and returned to the Business Rates section.

For further information please contact our billing team on 0300 3030164 and choose option 4.

North Lincolnshire (NL) and North East Lincolnshire (NEL) Councils have a shared service agreement covering the Local Taxation and Benefits sections.

The shared service agreement consists of information sharing protocols and signed agreements covering the Council Tax and Benefits services.

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