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.
Sefton Council is the local governing body responsible for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Sefton council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as retail stores and offices, which make up the typical economy in the Sefton region.
A typically large industry is the retail sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Sefton. Properties such as department stores in the retail sector can be incorrectly valued as usually their use can change over many years, and information will 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.
Sefton also relies heavily on the healthcare sector, which currently offers the largest proportion of jobs at 18.6%. Sefton Council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the healthcare sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Sefton is in public administration; of which, over 80% of employment in this sector lies in the sought of the borough. Your business rates in Sefton 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 Sefton. 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 Sefton and the rest of England and Wales.