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.
Canterbury City Council is the local governing body responsible for the city of Canterbury in Kent. Canterbury City council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as offices and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Canterbury region.
A typically large industry is the manufacturing sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Canterbury. Properties such as warehouses in the manufacturing 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.
Canterbury also relies heavily on the agriculture sector, which between 2011 and 2019 has grown at an average rate of 8.5%. Canterbury City council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the agriculture sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Canterbury is the construction industry, where companies work with heavy machinery daily. Your business rates in Canterbury 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 Canterbury. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Canterbury City 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 Canterbury and the rest of England and Wales.