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.
Dover Council is the local governing body responsible for the Government District of Dover in Kent. Dover council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as restaurants and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Dover region.
A typically large industry is the manufacturing sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Dover. 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.
Dover also relies heavily on the transport and storage sector, which accounts for 11.2% of all of employment in the Dover area. Dover council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the transport and storage sector. Another large contributor to the economy in the Dover area is the retail industry, which represents 3,000 jobs in the area. Your business rates in Dover 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 the Dover area. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Dover 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 Dover and the rest of England and Wales.