This page explains what business rates are, how they are calculated and how to pay.
Business rates are also known as National Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) and apply to shops, offices and factories.
If a property is used for both domestic and non-domestic purposes – a shop with a flat above, for instance - NDR is payable on the non-domestic part, and council tax on the domestic part.
Visit the Valuation Office Agency website to find out how business rates are worked out.
Rates are collected by Newport City Council and paid into a central pool at the Welsh Government which re-distributes the money to local authorities across Wales to pay for services.
There are reliefs (reductions) and exemptions from payment based on a variety of circumstances and some properties are not rateable, for example farm buildings, churches.
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How to pay
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The Valuation Office Agency allocates a Rateable Value (RV) for each business property which represents its open market rental value on a set date, called the Antecedent Valuation Date (AVD).
For the valuation list effective from 1 April 2010 valuations are based on estimates of annual rents as at 1 April 2008.
On the Valuation Office Agency website (opens new website) you can search for any rateable value in England and Wales (revaluations are carried out every five years) and find out how to lodge an appeal.
To calculate the basic amount of rates payable the RV is multiplied by a national non-domestic rates multiplier (the rate in the pound), set before the start of each billing year by the Welsh Government.
In 2014/15 the multiplier is set at £0.473
Who pays NDR?
If a non-domestic property is occupied, usually the occupier is liable to pay the rates.
Where properties are unoccupied, the owner or the leaseholder is usually liable.
Occupiers who have just moved into a non-domestic property must read the information in the Property Occupation Questionnaire (PDF) and contact the council as soon as possible to provide information about who is responsible for NDR.
Occupiers who have vacated a non-domestic property must contact the council as soon as possible to provide details and complete a Property Vacation Questionnaire. (PDF)
Details of occupations and vacations may also be notified by e-mail to email@example.com or by letter to the address below.
Small Business Rates Relief
Read about the Small Business Rates Relief scheme
The Valuation Office Agency's website provides further information on the Revaluation, including the 2010 rateable values of all business and non-domestic property in England and Wales.
Newport City Council
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