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.
Sunderland City Council is the local governing body responsible for the City of Sunderland. It is a metropolitan district council – one of thirty-six in England. Sunderland city 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 Sunderland region.
A typically large industry is the financial sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Sunderland. Properties such as office buildings in the financial 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.
Sunderland also relies heavily on the manufacturing sector, which in 2020 accounted for 16.5% of employment. Sunderland council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the manufacturing sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Sunderland is the information technology industry, which in the mid-2000’s helped put Sunderland on the international radar. Your business rates in Sunderland 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 Sunderland. 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 Sunderland and the rest of England and Wales.