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Business rates

The Business Rates (NNDR) Office is responsible for collecting rates from local businesses on behalf of central government.

A contribution is paid into a central pool and money is re-distributed to billing authorities and major precepting authorities to help finance the provision of local services.


Billing and collection

We issue rate accounts every March. Accounts are based on the rateable value shown in the current local rating list, times a rate multiplier set by central government, subject to a transitional relief scheme.


The notes below form part of your national non-domestic rate bill and it is important you read them when you look at your bill.

The Government has extended the temporary doubling of Small Business Rates Relief for the rates year 2014/2015, for all applicants who currently receive an additional percentage discount as well as use of the smaller rates multiplier.  You do not have to make a fresh application if you are already in receipt of the relief. If you have not already applied for the relief and feel you could qualify, the application form can be downloaded below:

How to pay

Please look at the Pay a Bill page to find out how and where you can pay. You can also set up a direct debit to pay your rates.

Your method of payment is shown on your NNDR bill. If you wish to change the way you pay contact the Business Rates Section on 01695 585036.


Business rates balance enquiry

Enter the eight digits of your business rates reference number to find out your business rates balance. No personal information - like your business' name and address - is given.



Rateable value

For information regarding the rateable value of your business premises, or for an appeal form, contact: The Valuation Office, 104 Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 1LX
Tel: 03000 501 501
Web: Valuation Office (external link)


Downloadable forms

Contact us

For further information contact: West Lancashire Borough Council, The Business Rates Section, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2DF.
Tel: 01695 585036
Email: business.rates@westlancs.gov.uk

Last Updated: 1/21/2014

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West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire L39 2DF
Tel: 01695 577177 | Email: customer.services@westlancs.gov.uk