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Business rates information and advice

Councils collect business rates on behalf of the Welsh Government. The money is put into a national pot. It is then redistributed across Wales to pay for council and police services. 

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, like:

  • shops
  • offices
  • pubs
  • warehouses
  • factories

There are also other commercial interests that business rates are payable for. For example:

  • telecommunication masts
  • advertising rights
  • cash machines
  • car parks

If you use a building (or part of a building) for a business, you will likely need to pay business rates. This applies even if you have a business rate-inclusive rental agreement. 

Empty or unoccupied properties

Business rates still have to be paid on empty or unoccupied properties. These are called empty property rates.