The business rates team is aware and acting on the government budget proposals and in the first instance have cancelled direct debits due in April for any businesses in receipt of the new 100% retail relief. Businesses not paying by direct debit but in receipt of this retail relief no longer need to pay. We will issue revised bills as soon as practicably after official confirmation is received.

Read our Business Support FAQ's to see how your business is affected by COVID-19.

What are business rates?

Business rates are a tax set by the government and are charged on business properties, including:

  • shops
  • offices
  • pubs
  • warehouses
  • factories
  • advertising hoardings
  • beach huts
  • holiday lets

Around half the money goes to central government, and we put the other half towards the cost of local services in Brighton & Hove.

We'll send you a business rates bill every March for the following tax year.

You can estimate your business rates bill on the GOV.UK website.

Who doesn't need to pay

You don't need to pay business rates for certain properties, for example places used for the welfare of people with disabilities.

You can find a full list of exempt properties on the GOV.UK website.