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.

Set up a Direct Debit

Online

Use your debit or credit card.

Pay online

By phone

Call us on 01786 404040

In person

At Customer First or any Stirling Council local office

By post

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
Teith House
Kerse Road
Stirling
FK7 7QA

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.

Email: assessor@centralscotland-vjb.gov.uk

Phone: 01786 892200

Annual notification

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

2022/23 poundage

2021/22 poundage

National Poundage

49.8p

49.0p

Rateable value between £51,001 to £95,000

51.1p

51.6p

Ratable value greater than £95,001

52.4p

51.6p

If you have a question about the valuation of your property you can contact:

The Assessor 
Hillside House
Laurelhill
Stirling
FK7 9JQ,

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.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

You can apply for this relief if:

  • the combined rateable value of all your business premises is £35,000 or less and,
  • the rateable value of individual premises is £18,000 or less
  • the property is occupied

Download small business bonus scheme application

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.

Download renewable energy relief application

Day nursery relief

For people and organisations who own property that used only or mainly as a nursery school.

Download day nursery relief application

Empty property relief

Full and partial rate reductions for up to six months for properties which are unoccupied.

Download empty property relief declaration

Fresh Start relief

For previously unoccupied properties which received empty property relief for six months or more.

Download fresh start relief application

New and improved property relief

Business rates relief for new properties, new build properties or properties which have had improvements carried out.

Download new and improved property relief application

Hospitality transitional relief

Available to many hospitality business who own property with rateable value under £1.5 million and which increased by more than 12.5% at 1 April 2017.

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)

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: rates@stirling.gov.uk

Freedom of Information requests

New liabilities

Small write-offs

Small balance write-offs are carried out once a year and are for credits of less than £10.00.

Relief cases

 

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