South Hams Council 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.

South Hams District Council is the local governing body responsible for the non-metropolitan district of South Hams in Devon. The South Hams Council is part of a three-tier government with Devon County Council above, and the town and parish councils below. South Hams council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as hotels and office buildings, which make up the typical economy in the South Hams region.

A typically large industry is the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, which can also be subject to business rates in South Hams. Properties such as offices in the agriculture, forestry and fishing 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 Hams also relies heavily on the accommodation and food services sector, which accounts for 13% of all employment in the South Hams area. South Hams council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector. Another large contributor to the economy in the South Hams area is the retail industry, which represents 11.7% of employment in the area. Your business rates in South Hams 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 South Hams area. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your South Hams 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 Hams and the rest of England and Wales.

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