Information about business rates data and where to find it.
Business rates data
We have previously published a large amount of information in relation to Business Rates. Following a review, we've decided this information will no longer be disclosed either on our website or in response to Freedom of Information requests.
We consider these categories of data held by Bristol City Council to be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act):
- Business name
- Correspondence address and contact details
- Liability start date
- All information relating to exemptions and reliefs
In making this decision we have had regard to the Appeal Decision of the Information Rights First-tier Tribunal - (Appeal Reference Number: EA/2018/0033) (Re Westminster) and the Information Rights First-tier Tribunal – Appeal Reference Number: EA/2018/0055 (Re Sheffield).
In these cases, the Tribunal found that information relating to empty properties, the business name, dates of occupation/vacancy and actual annual rates charged engaged the exemptions at section 31, 40(2) and 41 of the Act.
The following information is already available in the public domain via the Valuation Office Agency:
- Property reference
- Description of the property (e.g. ‘Hall and Premises' ‘Store and Premises etc.)
- Property address (with any personal data removed)
- Current rateable value
- Current rateable value effective date
For more information on finding business rates valuations, visit the Valuation Office Agency.