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Register to pay business rates
Councils use business rates to help pay for local services.
You usually have to pay business rates for any non-domestic properties you use for your business. This is the case even if you only use part of a building. You can use the GOV.UK guide to estimate your business rates.
If you have to pay business rates but do not pay, you could face legal action.
When you might not have to pay
Some types of businesses do not have to pay business rates, for example if you do not have a business premises. Usually you do not have to pay if you work from home. Find out more on the GOV.UK introduction to business rates.
Certain types of buildings are exempt from business rates.
Check what discounts are available to reduce your business rates.
Before you start
When you register, you’ll need:
- the address of the properties you're using for your business
- your company name – if you're registering a limited company use the name listed on Companies House
- your company registration number and registered office address if you are a limited company
- start date of the lease or tenancy agreement for the property
- your landlord’s details if you rent the property
- the date you started trading from the property
It can take up to 10 working days for us to set up your account.
Ways to pay business rates
After you have registered, you can pay your business rates:
- by direct debit
- by standing order
- by phone
- at any bank
- using online banking
Find out about these different ways to pay business rates.