Bournemouth Council

Business Rates

Business rates are similar to council tax as they go towards paying for local services. If you run a business, you’ll have to pay business rates. The amount you have to pay is worked out by the business property’s value and the year’s rate multiplier. Small businesses can claim a rate discount


What are Business Rates?

Business Rates go towards the local services in Bournemouth. Anyone who occupies premises for non-domestic use has to pay them.

FAQ About Business Rates

Business rates are calculated with your property's rateable value and the rate multiplier for the year.

Moving Premises

You need to let us know if you leave your property and move to another premises as your business rate could change.

Unoccupied Non-Domestic Property

If your property has been empty for over three months, you will have to pay the full business rate.

What are Transitional Arrangements

Transitional arrangements, or transitional relief, helps businesses adjust to rate changes after a revaluation

What Happens if You Don't Pay Your Business Rates

Not paying your business rates is a serious matter. If you leave it long enough, you could be sent to court.

What is Retail Rate Relief?

We help small retail businesses by providing Retail Relief to properties with a low rateable value.

What is Small Business Rate Relief?

If you run a small business, you can apply for a reduction off your business rate.

Freedom of Information

Business and domestic properties information reports available under Freedom of Information Act 2000


Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451451


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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