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Business rates

Business rates are a tax based on the estimated annual rent of a business property. Business rates are also commonly known as non-domestic rates.

How are business rates calculated?

Business rates are calculated by multiplying the rateable value of a business property (an estimate of annual rent the property could generate) by a national non-domestic rate set by the Government. The national non-domestic rate is currently 47.1p for 2014/15. Properties with a rateable value of over £35,000 there will be an additional 1.1p on the national non-domestic rate.

The Scottish Government's Business Rates Calculator gives you an estimated indication of your business rates.

How are business rates paid?

There are a number of ways to pay business rates including online payments, direct debit, in person or by telephone. Our Council may take legal action if payments are not made.

You can make business rates payments using our secure website. Follow the online instructions, providing your business rates account number and your Credit/Debit Card details.

Direct Debit
You can set up Direct Debit payments online for business rates. Alternatively, 01387 260085. Payments will be taken automatically on the 28th of each month from May to February. If your instalments change, your monthly payments will change automatically.

Telephone Payments
You can pay your business rates 24 hours a day by calling 0845 603 2025 by using our Council's automated telephone payments service. Alternatively, call 030 33 33 3000 during office hours and ask for extension 65014 or 64085 to pay over the phone by credit/debit card.

Are you eligible for reductions in your business rates?

Some business owners may be eligible for business rate reductions. Our Council offers advice on eligibility for business rate reductions and will provide application forms and process applications for business rate reductions.

Change of circumstances?

It is essential that you tell us immediately about any changes affecting your business rates account. For example, if the name on the bill is incorrect, you are moving out of the property and/or have sold the property. You are responsible for providing us with the correct information.

Related Information

Contact Details


Revenues Services - Non-Domestic Rates

Carruthers House
English Street

Tel: 030 33 33 3000
Fax: 01387 260326
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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