Non-domestic rates (business rates)
Non-domestic rates, also called business rates, are taxes paid on non-domestic properties to help pay for local council services. We are responsible for the policy and legislative framework and set the tax rates, but individual councils administer and collect the tax.
Non-domestic rates are based on the rateable value of a property, which is determined by the independent Scottish Assessors. The amount paid is calculated by multiplying the property's rateable value by a pence in the pound tax rate known as the poundage. Reliefs such as the Small Business Bonus Scheme may reduce this amount.
The Scottish Assessors Association Portal provides the rateable values of all properties and more information on how rateable values are decided.
This Non-domestic (business) rates roadmap details key dates to 2025 for changes to business rates.
Further information and guidance on non-domestic rates can be found in the local government finance circulars.
On mygov.scot we provide:
- general business rates guidance
- information on business rates appeals
- information on business rates relief
- a business rates calculator
We publish non-domestic rating accounts every financial year. View the non-domestic rating accounts from 2008 to 2017 in our archive.
We have also published a full list of non-domestic rates legislation.
View additional historic information on non-domestic rates in our archive.
Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill
The Non-Domestic Rates Bill sets out the legislative framework to enable a number of the Barclay Review recommendations to be implemented. This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP, on 25 March 2019.
The Local Government and Communities Committee has been appointed as the lead committee by the Parliamentary Bureau. Information about the progress of this Bill can be found on the Committee's webpage.
The Stage 1 debate on the Bill took place on 10 October 2019, and on the same date the Parliament agreed to the general principles of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill. Stage 1 has now been completed.
The Local Government and Communities Committee held two Stage 2 sessions. The first on 27 November and the second on 4 December. Read the official reports of these sessions from 27 November 2019 and 4 December 2019. Stage 2 has now been completed. Stage 3 of the Bill will take place in the main Chamber of the Parliament. The “Business Motions” section of the Official Report of the Meeting of the Parliament on 22 January indicates Stage 3 Proceedings: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill will take place on the afternoon of 4 February 2020.
Uniform Business Rates reform
Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has replied to a letter from the Scottish business community highlighting the Scottish Government’s support for maintaining the Uniform Business Rate. Read the news release.
The Barclay review: background
In 2016 we asked Ken Barclay to lead an external review of non-domestic rates, with a view to reforming Scotland's business rates system to better support growth and long-term investment and reflect changing marketplaces.
The non-domestic tax rates review: Barclay report was published in August 2017, which was followed by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution's Barclay review of non-domestic tax rates: ministerial response.
We published our Barclay review of non-domestic rates: implementation plan in December 2017.
In summer 2018 we ran a consultation on implementing the Barclay recommendations. An independent analysis is available at: Non-domestic rates reform: analysis of responses to consultation on Barclay implementation
The final report from the Barclay Implementation Advisory Group was published in 2019.
Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) review
The Barclay Review recommended that the effectiveness of SBBS be evaluated. We accepted this recommendation and commissioned the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) in June 2019 to carry out an independent review of the scheme.
The overall aim of the review is to evaluate what the impact of SBBS has been and whether it can be better targeted to support local investment, employment and growth. It’s key objectives are:
- to understand who is getting the relief
- to assess the impact of the scheme on relief recipients and identify wider benefits and costs
- to consider whether the current scheme could be improved
The FAI is set to report in 2020.
In 2017 all rateable properties were revalued and the updated rateable values were published on the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) Portal. Any appeals made against those values will be dealt with through the independent legal system. The next rates revaluation will come into force on 1 April 2022.
Contact details for all the relevant authorities are listed in non-domestic rates: contacts.