Who must pay Business Rates and how to pay

Who must pay Business Rates

In the case of occupied property, the person or company occupying it is liable for paying the rates. Sometimes, a landlord may charge an occupier a rent, which is inclusive of rates. In these cases, the occupier is still the person liable for payment and the bill is sent in his/her name. The Council will not become involved in private arrangements between the landlord and tenant regarding payment of business rates.

For unoccupied or empty properties the owner or the person entitled to possession, which can consequently include lessees are liable.

Information regarding Business Rates relief

For further information please contact us.


You will normally receive your annual Business Rate bill in March. Normally, you will be offered ten instalments (April through to January), unless you have chosen to pay annually or half yearly. You now have the right to pay your Business Rates over 12 months instead of 10.

If you would like to pay your Business Rates over 12 months instead of 10 please let us know.  This can be requested by:


01935 462462


You can e-mail us at revenues@southsomerset.gov.uk

Post -Write to us at:

Revenues Team, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT


The number of instalments will be reduced if the bill is issued after the end of April. If your charge changes during the year you will be sent a revised bill along with revised instalments.

How to pay

Business rates are payable in 10 monthly instalments (or 12 months by request), normally from April to January each year. The cheapest and most efficient way to pay is by direct debit -

If you do not choose to pay by direct debit, payment must be made on, or by, the 1st of each month.

If you miss one or more of your monthly instalments you may lose the right to pay monthly and legal action could be taken against you for the amount you owe for the whole year.

If you are having difficulty paying your business rates it is important that you contact us as quickly as possible so we can try to help.

You can also pay online, or over the telephone 

Alternatively, you can apply to pay by direct debit by completing the Business Rates Direct debit form.