Business Rates

Non-Domestic Rates or Business Rates General forms to download for Business Rates Enquiry Form Direct Debit Mandate NNDR Explanatory Notes 2023 Direct debit is the easiest way to pay…

Non-Domestic Rates or Business Rates

General forms to download for Business Rates


Direct debit is the easiest way to pay your Business Rates. The benefits of paying by direct debit are :-

  • choice of payment date 1st or 16th day of the month
  • no queues
  • no postage
  • no need to remember to pay
  • 10 working days notice of any changes


    Completed mandates should be posted to Westmorland and Furness Council, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14 2LD. We also have the facility to set up direct debits over the phone, just telephone our Customer Services on 404242.

    The non-domestic rates or business rates, collected by local councils are the means by which businesses and others who occupy non-domestic property make a contribution towards the cost of local services. Link to make a payment to Westmorland and Furness Council

    Except in the City of London, where special arrangements apply, the rates are pooled by central government and redistributed to local councils according to the number of people living in the area.

    This money, together with revenue from council taxpayers, revenue support grants provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local council and other local authorities in your area.

    Details regarding Rateable Values, the Rating Multiplier, Transitional Arrangements, Unoccupied Property Rating, Charitable and Discretionary Relief, Small Business Rate Relief, Rating Advisors and Rate relief for businesses in rural areas is available from your local Council Office by telephoning 404242 or by email to

    The Valuation Office Agency assesses rateable values that are the basis for working out business rates bills. More information is available from the Business rates pages of Valuation Office web site.

    2017 Business Rate Revaluation Fact Sheet.

    COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

    The Council has established its local policy to deliver the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF). CARF is a discretionary rate relief scheme aimed at those business sectors affected by the pandemic but are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. The Council has awarded the rate relief under the policy, there is no application process. The Council's policy can be found here.

    Downloadable NNDR Relief Application Forms

    Small Business Rate Relief Application

    NNDR Mandatory Relief Application

    Application for Rural Rate Relief

    Charitable and Discretionary Relief April 2023