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.
Essex County Council is the local governing body responsible for the non-metropolitan county of Essex. Essex business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as offices and department stores, which make up the typical economy in the Essex region.
A typically large industry is the construction sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Essex. Properties such as warehouses in the construction 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.
Essex also relies heavily on the retail sector, which contributed to the overall estimated GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of £42 billion in 2019 for the region. Essex business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the retail sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Essex is the business administration and support industry, which accounts for 8.4% of the roles in the workforce. Your business rates in Essex 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 Essex. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Essex 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 Essex and the rest of England and Wales.