Rates are a tax on the occupation of non-domestic properties.
The Scottish Government sets the rate poundage annually and Stirling Council collects the rates for the Government. The Government then distributes the money collected, to Councils, in the form of grant, to help pay for Council Services.
From 1st April 2017 the rate poundage is 46.6p. Properties with rateable values over £51,000 are charged a supplement of 2.6p for every £ of rateable value.
Rates are charged on over 4,900 non-domestic properties within the Stirling Council area, according to their rateable values as shown in the Valuation Roll, except where exemptions apply. The Valuation Roll is produced and maintained by the Assessor for Central Scotland and he deals with all valuation enquiries.
If you have a question about the valuation of your property you can contact:The Assessor
Telephone 01786 892200
or visit the Assessor for Central Scotland website.
Hospitality Transitional Relief Scheme
All properties liable for Business Rates have been revalued from 01 April 2017. To help with the additional cost to businesses, the Scottish Government have introduced a one year transitional relief scheme for properties in the hospitality industry.
The transitional relief scheme is for one year only (2017-18) and the amount of relief awarded, if applicable, will restrict any increase to 12.5% in real terms.
Eligible properties could be as follows:
- Bed and Breakfast accommodation
- Camping Site
- Caravan (as a non-domestic subject)
- Caravan Site
- Chalet and Holiday Huts
- Guest house, hotel and hostels
- Public House
Renewable Energy Generation from water only (including waves and tides but excluding production from pumped storage of water) and having a installed capacity of up to 1 megawatt:
- Self-Catering holiday accommodation
- Time Share accommodation
If a property is vacant, you cannot claim transitional relief.
An application form will be issued shortly to allow you to apply for this relief, if you are eligible.
To make a payment or enquire about charges contact the Rates Team on 01786 233175.