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Business rates

If you're interested in learning about business rates and want to know where you need to go to pay yours, or to get a little more advice, we've pulled together all the resources for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

You will learn

  • When you need to pay business rates
  • How the Council can help you
  • Who to speak to for further legal advise

If you are occupying a business premises, then you will need to pay business rates to your local council. Even if you are working from home, the part of your property used for business may be liable to business rates. Although, small business relief may be available in some circumstances. If you are moving to a different premise, you can find out the rateable value by contacting your local council or using the Valuation Office Agency.

How Councils can help your business

Occupiers of non-domestic properties pay non-domestic rates (often known as business rates) which contribute towards the cost of local services to support your business. The councils collect the business rates, and this money then goes towards paying for the services provided by your council, the county council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Fire and Rescue Authority.

What do they offer?

  • They can advise you on how much you will have to pay, if you have a particular property in mind
  • They can ensure that you receive any relief or exemption that you are entitled to
  • They can set up an account for you and give the maximum available number of installments for payment
  • They can advise on the best way to pay your business rates

Where to go for support?

Contact the council where your business is located:

City of York Council

West Offices building, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Phone: (01904) 551553


Hambleton DC

Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 2UU

Phone: (01609) 779977


Harrogate BC

Harrogate Borough Council, Planning Services, PO Box 787, Harrogate, HG1 9RW

Phone: (01423) 500600 ask for Business Rates


Richmondshire DC

Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX

Phone: (01748) 829100


Craven DC

Planning Department, Belle Vue Mills, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1FJ

Phone: (01756) 706470


Ryedale DC

Ryedale House, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HH

Phone: (01653) 600666 ext. 650


Scarborough BC

Local Taxation, Town Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG

Phone: 01723 232323


Selby DC

In Person - Access Selby, 8-10 Market Cross, Selby, YO8 4JS

Phone: (01757) 705101


East Riding of Yorkshire

Planning and Building Control, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU1 7BA

Phone: (01482) 393792


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Written by:

Simon King

Growth Hub Manager

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