York 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.

The City of York Council is the municipal governing body responsible for the City of York. As a unitary authority, it oversees the twenty-one wards in York. York council business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as retail shops and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the York region.

A typically large industry is the healthcare sector, which can also be subject to business rates in York. Properties such as office buildings and warehouses in the healthcare 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.

York also relies heavily on the retail sector, which in 2014 increased as an employment sector by 16%. York Council small business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the retail sector. Another large contributor to the economy in York is the tourism industry, which pulls in on average around seven million people a year. Your business rates in York 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 York. 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 York and the rest of England and Wales.

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