Business rates system upgrade

We have completed the business rates system upgrade but there may still be some delays whilst we process our backlog of requests. Find out about the upgrade and what may have changed for you.

Business Improvement Districts (BIDS)

A business improvement district (BID) is a scheme to support a commercial area such as a town centre or industrial estate by introducing new services or initiatives.

BID schemes are led and funded by local businesses.

Business rate payers in a BID are charged extra tax, in addition to their business rates bill.

This money is used to develop projects that benefit all businesses in the area.

A BID can only be formed following a:

  • consultation
  • ballot in which business rate payers vote on a business plan that sets out how the BID will be managed and operated

Our local business improvement districts

Contact the business rates team

If you have a question about business improvement districts that is not answered on this page, you can contact us for help.