Business Rates (also known as non-domestic rates) are a tax levied by the government on all commercial premises. The Rateable Value of a property is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and collected by your local authority.
Birmingham City Council is the local governing body responsible for the City of Birmingham; which became a metropolitan district in 1974. It is the most populated local council area in the UK, and has one-hundred-and-one elected councilors. Birmingham council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as hotels and restaurants, which make up the typical economy in the Birmingham region.
A typically large industry is the healthcare sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Birmingham. Properties such as office buildings and warehouses in the healthcare sector can be incorrectly valued as usually their use can change over many years, and information may not have been updated with the VOA. This can have a huge impact on business running costs, as business rates can be in the top five costs for a business.
Birmingham also relies heavily on the hospitality sector, which in 2017 contributed (along with the food industry) to 17.39% of Birmingham’s Gross Value Added (GVA). Birmingham City Council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in this region. Another large contributor to the economy in Birmingham is the food industry, which works with large trucks delivering products across the UK. Your business rates in Birmingham can be affected by any disruption or adverse access to your property and backdated savings could apply to the beginning of the Ratings List.
RVA Surveyors offers a ‘no reduction, no fee’ service, giving reassurance to all businesses when tackling their business rates in Birmingham. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Council business rates, there is no cost to the business. Whether commercial property owners or tenants, RVA are able to help business rates payers achieve reductions in their business rates across Birmingham and the rest of England and Wales.