Business rates for non-residential properties
Business rates are payable on all non-residential properties. They're paid by any person who owns or rents a property which isn't being used as a home.
How to pay your business rates
Business rates are due on the first of each month, from May to February. There are several ways you can pay:
By Direct Debit
This is the easiest way to pay. We’ll collect payments from your bank account automatically on the 15th of each month.
Use your debit or credit card.
Call us on 01786 404040
At Customer First or any Stirling Council local office
Send a crossed cheque payable to Stirling Council. Include your account reference and name and address on the back. Post it to:
Stirling Council Rates Team
How we calculate your business rates
Business rates are calculated by multiplying the rateable value of your property by the current rate poundage.
- Rateable value – for properties in the Stirling area this is set by the Central Scotland Valuation Joint Board. It takes into account various factors such as building costs, sale prices and rents.
- Rate Poundage – is set by the Scottish Government
You can find your rateable value on the Scottish Assessors Association website and latest Rate Poundage on mygov.scot. You can calculate your rates using the Scottish Government's non-domestic rates calculator.
If you want to appeal against your rateable value, contact the Central Scotland Valuation Joint Board, Hillside House, Laurelhill, Stirling FK7 9JQ.
Phone: 01786 892200
Changes to Non Domestic Rates 2022/23
The Rate Poundage is set by the Scottish Government each financial year and we collect the rates on behalf of the Government.
The Rateable Value is determined by the Assessors for Central Scotland and entered onto the Valuation Roll. The amount of Non Domestic Rates due is determined by multiplying the Rateable Value for the property by the Rate Poundage in respect of that financial year.
The Rate Poundage set for Financial Year 2022/23 is 49.8 pence per pound.
Charges for 2022/23
Non Domestic Rates
Rateable value between £51,001 to £100,000
Ratable value greater than £100,001
If you have a question about the valuation of your property you can contact:
Telephone 01786 892200
or visit the Assessor for Central Scotland website.
Business rates relief
Various reliefs are available to eligible business rates payers. These reliefs only apply to your rates bill, not to rent, water charges or other bills.
Renewable energy relief
For business or people who own, lease or otherwise entitled to occupy a building that generates heat or power (or both) from the certain renewable sources.
Day nursery relief
For people and organisations who own property that used only or mainly as a nursery school.
Fresh Start relief
For previously unoccupied properties which received empty property relief for six months or more.
New and improved property relief
Business rates relief for new properties, new build properties or properties which have had improvements carried out.
Sports club relief fund
For your application to be considered you will be asked to provide the following documentation:
- Memorandum and Articles of Association or Constitution
- Latest Statement of Accounts
- Statement of Bar takings (where required)
Small Business Bonus Scheme
You can apply for this relief if:
- The combined rateable value of all your business properties occupied in is Scotland is 35,000 or less and
- The rateable value of the individual properties is 20,000 or less
- The property is occupied
Empty property relief
Full and partial rate reductions for up to six months for properties which are unoccupied.
If you sell your property
You or your solicitor should contact our business rates team with the following information:
- name and address of the buyer
- date of settlement
- seller's forwarding address
- solicitor’s details for both parties
Contact and support
Stirling Council’s Business Rates Team can help you with any rates enquiry, including payment difficulty, and offer advice on reliefs and reductions
You can call us on 01786 233175 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom of Information requests
Small balance write-offs are carried out once a year and are for credits of less than £10.00.