North Somerset 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.

North Somerset Council is the local governing body responsible for the unitary authority of North Somerset. As a unitary authority, it has the combined powers of a district council and a non-metropolitan county.  North Somerset business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as pubs and office buildings, which make up the typical economy in the North Somerset region.

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

North Somerset also relies heavily on the accommodation and food services sector, which accounts for 7,000 jobs in the North Somerset area. North Somerset business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector. Another large contributor to the economy in the North Somerset area is the business administration and support services industry, which represents 13.6% of employment in the region. Your business rates in North Somerset 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 North Somerset area. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your North Somerset 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 North Somerset and the rest of England and Wales.

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