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Business Rates (non-domestic rates)

Business Rates (non-domestic rates)

Business Rates, or Non-Domestic Rates, are paid by every company or business and help to pay for local council services.

Since December 2005, business rates in East Renfrewshire are administered and collected by Renfrewshire Council. 

Your council tax is still administered and collected by East Renfrewshire Council.

How much do I pay?

The amount you pay is based on:

  • The rateable value of your property. The assessor sets the rateable value of your property and needs to carry out a revaluation, usually every 5 years. A revaluation exercise took place in 2016. The current rateable value is effective from 1 April 2017.

    Multiplied by:

  • The rate per pound announced annually by the Scottish Government. The national rate set for 2019/20 is 49p per pound. 

Properties with rateable value over £51.000

These properties will have a supplement of 2.6p per pound. The resulting rate will be 51.6 per pound.

If you disagree with the rateable value of your property, you can appeal to the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board.

Business Rates guidance and calculator

Business rate relief

There are a number of circumstances where it may be possible for a reduction to be applied to the amount of rates due for payment (known as rates relief).

Full details of all types of business rates relief and how to apply is available here or by calling 0300 300 0202 (lines are open Monday - Thursday 08.45 am - 16.45 pm and Friday 08.45 am - 15.55 pm).

How to apply

Find full details of rates and how to apply 

You can also call 0300 300 0202. Lines open Monday to Thursday 08.45 am to 16.45 pm. Friday 08.45 am to 15.55 pm.

When to Pay

You can pay your business rates either in:

  • Ten monthly instalments from May to February. Payments are due on the 7th of each month.
  • Two half-yearly instalment in June and December.

How to Pay

Direct Debit 

Your direct debit will be taken from your bank or building society on or after the 7th of each month. Call 0300 300 0202 about setting up a direct debit.

Internet payments

You can pay online at: Renfrewshire Council: Make an online payment. Payment should be made to sort code 82-54-04 account number 90000086.

Credit or debit card

Payment can be made in person or by telephoning the call centre 0300 300 0202 (office hours).

An automated payment service is also available 24 hours a day by telephoning  0300 300 300. Any payment you make using our automated payment line will be taken off your current year's bill. 

Cheque or postal order

Should be made payable to Renfrewshire Council and crossed 'account payee only'. Post cheques to:

Director of Finance and Resources

Renfrewshire House

Cotton Street

Standing order 

If you have paid by standing order before fill in the form attached to your annual bill and send to your bank. If you have not paid by standing order before and want to do so, contact Renfrewshire Council.

In person 

Payment can be made at Renfrewshire Council customer service centre, Monday to Thursday 08.45 am to 16.45 pm and Friday 08.45 am to 15.55 pm. You can also pay any customer Service Point.  

Important tax information for tenants of commercial property

Devolved tax legislation from 1 April 2015 mean that some tenants in Scotland must, by law, submit a new tax return to Revenue Scotland every 3 years. This is ensure they have paid the correct amount of LBTT. 

The first time a 3 year lease review return became due was therefore 2018.

A return has to be submitted:

  • every 3 years from the effective date of the lease
  • at the point where the lease is assigned
  • at the point where the lease is terminated

It's the tenant's responsibility to to submit the return. This is even if the lease hasn't changed or no tax is due.

Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

Find out more from Revenues Scotland

Business Rates
Renfrewshire Council / Renfrewshire House,
Cotton Street,
Finance and Corporate Services / Business Rates,
Tel: 0300 300 0202
Fax: 0141 618 7052

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