Southampton 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.

Southampton City Council is the local governing body responsible for the City of Southampton. As a unitary authority, it holds the combined powers of a district council and a non-metropolitan county and provides the full range of local government services to the Southampton area. Southampton 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 Southampton region.

A typically large industry is the healthcare sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Southampton. Properties such as office buildings in the healthcare sector can be incorrectly valued may 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.

Southampton also relies heavily on the transport add storage industry, which accounts for 25% of Southampton’s Gross Value Added (GVA). Southampton City Council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the transport sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Southampton is the public sector, with industries such as public administration and defence, and education accounting for 23% of the city’s economy.  Your business rates in Southampton 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 Southampton. 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 Southampton and the rest of England and Wales.

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Southampton June 15, 2022