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.
South Gloucestershire Council is the local governing body responsible for unitary authority of South Gloucestershire. As a unitary authority, it has the combined powers of a district council and a non-metropolitan county. South Gloucestershire 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 South Gloucestershire region.
A typically large industry is the health and life sciences sector, which can also be subject to business rates in South Gloucestershire. Properties such as office buildings in the health and life sciences 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.
South Gloucestershire also relies heavily on the tourism sector, which in 2013 employed approximately 26,500. South Gloucestershire council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the tourism sector. Another large contributor to the economy in South Gloucestershire is the retail industry, which employed approximately 20,200 people in 2013. Your business rates in South Gloucestershire 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 South Gloucestershire. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your South Gloucestershire 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 South Gloucestershire and the rest of England and Wales.