Published business rates information
We receive regular Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests about business rates accounts, where the information is already publicly available. From this page you can download up-to-date lists of:
- all live business rates accounts
- newly occupied business premises
- business rates accounts currently in credit
Please note: If you make an FOI request for information which you can get from this page, you will be redirected here.
You can view details of all live business rates accounts (updated quarterly) for Central Bedfordshire Council. This includes the following information about each account:
- account and property reference numbers
- ratepayer name (companies only)
- property and correspondence addresses
- property description
- rateable value
- charge type (occupied or void)
- entitlement to reliefs and exemptions
- business rates charge
You can view details of all newly occupied properties (updated monthly). This includes:
- property reference
- property address
- ratepayer name
- billing address
- rateable value
- liability start date
Business rates accounts in credit
We do not provide a list of business rates accounts with credit balances in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Information in respect of credit balances is considered exempt under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (prevention or detection of crime). We hold this information, but believe that its disclosure could result in fraudulent refund claims being made for these credit balances.
Engaging section 31 requires a public interest test to be considered: there is a public interest in ensuring the transparency and efficiency of our business, but there is wider public interest in favour of withholding the information as it is in the public interest to prevent fraudulent refund claims being made against us, and the cost that such fraud places on the public purse.
On this basis, we feel that the public interest in disclosing the information requested is outweighed by the public interest in preventing the risk of fraudulent claims being made.
Claiming a refund
If you find that you have overpaid your business rates, you are entitled to a refund of your credit – please contact us to apply. You will need to provide documents to show that you were the ratepayer. Once we are happy that the credit is valid and belongs to you, we will refund it to you.
Please quote your business rates account reference in all correspondence – your account reference is 7 or 8 digits long and starts with a 3, and you can find it on your business rates bill or any letter we’ve sent about your business rates.
About this information
We have published this business rates information in comma-separated values (CSV) files. You can open these files with a variety of different software products, including word-processing and spreadsheet applications.
We will update our main data file and the list of credit accounts, on a quarterly basis. We will update the new occupations list on a monthly basis.
We screen the information before publishing to remove any information relating to individuals, as this data is protected under the Data Protection Act 2018.