Business rates and payments

Business rates is a local tax that is paid by the occupiers of all non-domestic/business property, in the same way that Council Tax is a tax on domestic property.

Business rates, also called non-domestic rates, are charged on properties not used for domestic purposes such as shops, factories, hotels and offices.  However, the property doesn't have to be used for a business - if it is used for purposes which are not domestic it is likely to be rateable.  We will send you a business rates bill each year.

We collect business rates from over 4,000 business properties in our borough. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally.

If you pay business rates, there are several rate exemptions that you may be eligible for.

You can also view how our business rates are calculated.

Pay

Payment for the financial year starting in April and ending in March will be by 10 monthly instalments from April to January or upon request before 15 April can be paid over 12 months.

Your instalment due date will be the 1st of the month unless you request to pay on the 15th .

You can pay your business rates by:

Direct Debit

Direct debit is the preferred method of payment for businesses within Solihull. To register simply download our direct debit application form.

Online

Pay online now

You will need a debit or credit card and your business rates account reference number.

Telephone

Pay using your debit or credit card by calling 0300 456 0502.

This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls are charged at a local rate.

You will need your debit or credit card and your business rates account reference number.

Post

Cheques can be posted to the following address: Business Rates, Income and Awards, PO Box 1761, Council House Solihull, West Midlands, B91 9RR

Can you please make cheques payable to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. You’re also required to write your 8 digit account reference on the back of the cheque.

In Person

You can pay by cash, cheque or card at one of our Solihull Connect walk in centres (Excluding Balsall Common, Kingshurst and Shirley).

By Bacs 

Make payment to Barclays Bank, Solihull MBC Business Rates account quoting your 8 digit account number:

  • sort code 20-07-71
  • account number 604 74 320

Problems paying

If you have problems paying your business rates, please contact us immediately on 0121 704 8175.

Business rates reductions are available in some cases, whilst every effort will be made to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.

If payment is not received, reminder notices will be issued. If these are ignored, further recovery action will commence. This could result in a Court Summons and the instruction of enforcement agents to seize goods.

A Charging Order may also be put in place where the property is owned by the business and, if necessary, Bankruptcy of the business will be sought.

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