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How do we work out rateable value?

We work out business rates each year by taking a property's rateable value and multiplying it by the 'multiplier' set by the government each year. If you think your rateable value is too high you have the right to appeal.

What does rateable value mean?

All business properties which aren't homes are given a rateable value, as a way of measuring how valuable each property is.

The rateable value is an estimate of how much yearly rent the property could have earned on a particular date. Currently the date is April 2015 for the current revaluation and that took place 1 April 2017

Rateable values are usually revised every five years. The next revaluation will be 2023 not 2021, due to Covid-19 it has been delayed

Rateable values aren't set by the council but by the Valuation Office Agency, who are part of HM Revenues and Customs.

The multiplier

Each year on 1 April the multiplier is changed by the government depending on the level of inflation.

In 2021/22 the multiplier is 0.512, so if your rateable value was £100,000 we would multiply this by 0.504p and your bill would be £51,200

Business rate multipliers for each financial year 2016/17 to 2021/22


  • Small business rate multiplier 0.499
  • Standard rate multiplier 0.512


  • Small business rate multiplier 0.499
  • Standard rate multiplier 0.512


  • Small business rate multiplier 0.491
  • Standard rate multiplier 0.504


  • Small business rate multiplier 0.480
  • Standard rate multiplier 0.493


  • Small business rate multiplier £0.466
  • Non-domestic rate multiplier £0.479


  • Small business rate multiplier £0.484
  • Non-domestic rate multiplier £0.497

Changes to the rateable value

The rateable value may change if any physical changes are made to your property, for example building or demolishing an extension. Please ensure that you tell us about any changes as soon as possible.

Appeal about your rateable value

You have the right to appeal to the Valuation Office Agency about your rateable value if you think it's too high, even if there haven't been any changes to the property or your business.

More information on Business Rates is available via - Business Rates Guidance. Alternatively, you can contact the local Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501501.

You can find out more about grounds for an appeal and how the process works on the - Business Rates Appeals page

Business Rates Section

Council Offices
SG13 8EQ

01438 242876