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Business Rates – Advice and FAQs

Guidance on liabilities for solar assets

Business rates are assessed by the Valuation Office, who apply a Rateable Value (RV) to each separate unit of rating assessment. The Rateable Value is then used by the Billing Authority to calculate the amount of rates payable.

Sites are reassessed and new Rateable Values put in place at the start of each Rating Revaluation. We are currently in the 2017 Rating Revaluation, which commenced on 1 April 2017. The length of the List is currently under review and the date of the next Revaluation is unconfirmed, although we know it will not be until April 2023 due to the impacts of Coronavirus.

This briefing provides guidance for understanding rates liabilities on solar assets.