Dorset Business Rates

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.

Dorset Council is the local governing body responsible for the unitary authority of the ceremonial county of Dorset. It was created on the 1st April 2019 to oversee most of the area formerly governed by Dorset County Council; which was previously subdivided into the districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, and East Dorset, as well as Christchurch. Dorset 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 Dorset region.

A typically large industry is the creative and digital sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Dorset. Properties such as offices in the creative and digital 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.

Dorset also relies heavily on the advanced engineering sector, which altogether brings in around £800 million to the local economy. Dorset council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the advanced engineering sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Dorset is the agri-tech, food and drink industry, which with Dorset’s long agricultural history boasts a diverse range from dairy, fish, meat and even wines. Your business rates in Dorset 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 Dorset. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Dorset 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 Dorset and the rest of England and Wales.

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