Business Rates Revaluation 2023: Act now – advice for commercial property owners and occupiers

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You’re probably aware that changes to business rates in 2023 are imminent, due to the Business Rates Revaluation 2023 and the issue of the Draft Rating List by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) last November.

The List outlines the new rateable values (RVs) for all commercial properties in England. It will come into effect on 1st April 2023.

The updated values reflect the property market as of 1st April 2021 and, while some sectors benefit, others have been hit hard by the Business Rates Revaluation 2023.

The retail sector, for example, will see an average RV decrease of 10%, but the industrial sector, which was booming in 2021, has been hit with a hefty average 27.1% increase, although this is only an average and we are seeing some significant variances. For example, some Birmingham Business Park draft rateable values have increased by over 50%!

Aerial of Birmingham Business Park where the Business Rates Revaluation 2023 has increased some draft rateable values by over 50% - KWB Birmingham Commercial Property Agents

Martin Cook, KWB’s Head of Valuation & Lease Advisory and specialist advisor on business rates, said: “If you haven’t yet acted on your business rates, we encourage you to do so now. It will enable you to plan for the year ahead and check for any errors in the valuation. You may also be eligible for financial support from the government.”

KWB Business Rates Revaluation 2023 checklist

The following checklist shows you how to work out your new business rates and see if you qualify for relief.

Check your rateable value

Click here to check your draft 2023 rateable value. Searching by postcode is usually the easiest way to find your draft rateable value.

How to calculate your new business rate

Multiply your rateable value by the relevant multiplier. Multipliers remain the same as 2022/2023 levels: 49.9p for occupied property under £51,000 rateable value and 51.2p for all property with a rateable value over £51,000.

2023 business rates advice from KWB property specialists, commercial property Birmingham and West Midlands

Relief for the retail, leisure and hospitality sector

75% on occupied property up to a maximum of £110,000. Click here for more details.

Small business rates relief

The 2017 threshold remains in place: under £15,000 rateable value. Click here for more details.

Empty buildings relief

The 2017 criteria and threshold remain in place. Click here for more details.

Transitional relief scheme

Small, medium and large properties can benefit from upwards caps in the first year of rates payable, of 5%, 15% and 30% respectively. The aim is to help those ratepayers facing an increase as a result of the Business Rates Revaluation 2023.

No downwards caps apply, meaning ratepayers will receive the full benefit of properties that have decreased in rateable value – such as many retail properties. Click here to apply.

Industrial property, which was booming in 2021, will be heavily impacted by the Business Rates Revaluation 2023 - contact KWB for business rates advice

Time is also running out for checking and challenging the 2017 rating list. All checks must be submitted by 31st March 2023. If you haven’t already, it is worth reviewing your current rateable value for accuracy because, if a reduction is warranted, it could be backdated as far back as 1st April 2017.

For more information on the impact of the Business Rates Revaluation 2023 and how we can advise you on your business rates, contact Martin Cook on 0121 212 5993 or