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.
Northumberland Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the North East of England. In the 2011 census, it was recoded to have a population of 316,028. Northumberland county 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 Northumberland region.
A typically large industry is the utilities sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Northumberland. Properties such as warehouses in the utilities 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.
Northumberland also relies heavily on the agriculture sector as one of its highest employment areas. Northumberland county council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the manufacturing sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Northumberland is the mining industry, which works with heavy machinery and the distribution of products across the UK. Your business rates in Northumberland 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 Northumberland. 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 Northumberland and the rest of England and Wales.