Business rates (NNDR)

We are aware that many businesses may have been affected financially by Coronavirus restrictions and, over the past 16 months, the Council has administered the Business Rates discounts that the government has made available. In addition, the Council has paid out more than £70 million in grants directly to local businesses since March 2020 to support them throughout the pandemic, and has offered advice through its Derbyshire Dales Business Advice service.

The Council has taken a light-touch approach to the collection of outstanding business rates balances during the pandemic. Over the last few months restrictions have been gradually eased and, with effect from 19 July, the rest of the restrictions are planned to be lifted. The Council has a duty to collect business rates to fund public services, and to take action if payments are overdue, and must now fulfil its duty. 

Therefore, if you have not paid Business Rates in accordance with your bill, we may contact you about the action that will be taken to collect the overdue balance. However, if you have been affected and believe you will have difficulty meeting your instalments, we are here to help. 

Please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at so that we can help you to get your payments back on track or provide help and advice if you are experiencing financial difficulties. 

Independent help is also available via Citizen’s Advice on 0300 456 8390, or visit Step Change via where there is a variety of advice online for a range of debt problems.

Commercial rental values are, in general, the basis for assessing the rateable value of business properties. The gross rate charge is calculated by multiplying the rateable value by the non-domestic rating multiplier.

The Government sets the multiplier, whilst rateable values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of HM Revenues and Customs. The council bills and collects the Business Rates.

Every 5 years a new rating list is compiled and all rateable values are re-assessed. The Government has implemented successive Transitional Relief Schemes following each of the 5-yearly revaluations to reduce the impact of changes in rateable values upon business ratepayers.  The Government has decided that the next revaluation (and so new rating list) will be postponed until 2017.  The new rating list now comes into force from 1st April, 2017.

The Rating List is available online via the Valuation Office Agency website.

Explanatory notes

View a copy of the explanatory notes that accompany the bill.

Information and consultation

Information for non-domestic ratepayers relating to 2020/21 and consultation on the Council’s proposed budget and council tax increase for 2020/21 can be found here.