Changes to business rates

Find out more about changes to business rates following the Government's November 2017 budget.

General changes to business rates

Following the rise in inflation, over the next five years the government will provide a further £2.3 billion of support to businesses and improve the fairness of the system in England, by:

  • Bringing forward to 1 April 2018 the planned switch in indexation from retail price index (RPI) to the main measure of inflation (currently consumer price index (CPI))
  • Legislating retrospectively to address the so-called 'staircase tax'. Affected businesses will be able to ask the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to recalculate valuations so that bills are based on previous practice backdated to April 2010 - including those who lost small business rate relief as a result of the court judgement. The government will publish draft legislation shortly
  • Continuing the £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000, subject to state aid limits for businesses with multiple properties, for one year from 1 April 2018
  • Increasing the frequency with which the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) revalues non-domestic properties by moving to revaluations every three years. This will start after the next revaluation, which has been brought forward to 2021. So that this can happen, ratepayers have to provide regular information to the VOA about who is responsible for business rates and property characteristics, including use and rent. The government will consult on the implementation of these changes in the spring

​​​Business rates retention

The government will continue to pilot additional business rates retention for councils across England. In addition to the London pilot announced in the budget, new pilots for 2018-19 will be announced following the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) assessment of recent applications to its scheme.

For more detailed information on these announcement and for the full summary of all changes, please visit the Autumn Budget 2017 page on GOV.UK.

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