Go to navigation

Business rates

Check your balance
The easy way to pay

Set up business rates direct debit.

Pay your business rates.

What are business rates?

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 from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenues. The 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 authority and other local authorities in your area.

Details of how Medway Council spends revenue raised can be found in our council tax leaflet.

Further information can be found in our business rates leaflet.

Calculating your business rates

Most non-domestic properties have a rateable value which is set by the Valuation Officer of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. They draw up and maintain a full list of all rateable values.

The business rates calculator

The calculator gives you an estimate of your annual bill.

Owners, leaseholders or occupiers of business properties who think that their rateable value is wrong can appeal to:
The Valuation Office Agency
Non-domestic Rates South East
St Anne's House
2 St Anne's Road
East Sussex BN21 3LG
Telephone: 0300 050 1501

The national multiplier

The national multiplier is set each year by the government. The multipliers set since 2010 are as follows:

Financial year  Multiplier Small business multiplier
2014/15 48.2 47.1
2013/14 47.1 46.2
2012/13 45.8 45
2011/12 43.3 42.6
2010/11 41.4 40.7


Business rates reductions

Information about discounts and reliefs can be found in our business rates leaflet.

You can apply online for Retail Relief.

If you wish to apply for one of these reductions email rates@medway.gov.uk.