Guildford 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.

Guildford Council is the local governing body responsible for the Borough of Guildford. Home to around half of the borough’s population, Guildford is the largest town and settlement. Guildford 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 Guildford region.

A typically large industry is the wholesale and retail sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Guildford. Properties such as warehouses and department stores in the wholesale and retail 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.

Guildford also relies heavily on the construction sector, where around nine hundred enterprising businesses were recorded between 2012-17. Guildford council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the construction sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Guildford is the arts and entertainment industry, where businesses are often themselves heavily reliant on other industries such as the food sector. Your business rates in Guildford 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 Guildford. 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 Guildford and the rest of England and Wales.

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