Business Rates (also known as non-domestic rates) are a tax levied by the government on all commercial premises. The Rateable Value (RV) of a property is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and collected by your local authority.
Cornwall Council is a unitary authority created on 1st April 2009. Cornwall County Council was merged with the six boroughs and District Councils of Cornwall – Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Restormel and Penwith. Cornwall council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as restaurants and retail shops, which make up the typical economy in the Cornish region.
A typically large industry is the agriculture sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Cornwall. Properties such as warehouses and offices in the agriculture 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 the business running costs, as business rates can be in the top five costs for a business.
Cornwall also relies heavily on the tourism sector, which supports one in five jobs and contributes 12% of Cornwall’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP). Cornwall council small business rates relief could apply to much business in the tourism sector. Another large contributor to the economy is dairy exports; which work with large haulers delivering products across the UK. Your business rates in Cornwall could be affected by any disruption or adverse access to your property; and backdated savings could apply back 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 Cornwall. 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 Cornwall and the rest of England and Wales.