The latest data relating to non-domestic premises within Bath and North East Somerset is available below in CSV file format. This data was produced on 3 October 2017. These reports are published quarterly in April, July, October and January of each year.

Quarterly Business Rates data (CSV 1.26 MB)

The report shows, for each property, the following information:

  • Property Address (personal data removed)
  • Liability Start Date
  • Current Rateable Value
  • Current Rateable Value Effective Date
  • Correspondence Address (personal data removed)
  • Empty Property Relief (yes or no) (please note that this information will not be included where it relates to individuals/sole traders/partnerships)
  • Empty Property Relief Start Date
  • Empty Property Exemption
  • Empty Property Exemption Start Date
  • Exemption (yes or no)
  • Exemption Start Date
  • SBRR (yes or no)
  • SBRR start Date
  • Mandatory (yes or no)
  • Mandatory Exemption Start Date
  • Discretionary (yes or no)
  • Discretionary Relief Start Date
  • Rural Mandatory (yes or no)
  • Rural Mandatory Start Date
  • Rural Discretionary (yes or no)
  • Rural Discretionary Start Date
  • Section 44a (yes or no)
  • Section 44a Start Date
  • Retail (yes or no)
  • Retail Relief Start Date
  • Reoccupation Relief (yes or no)
  • Reoccupation Relief Start Date
  • Flood Relief (yes or no)
  • Flood Relief Start Date
  • If in Credit  

Please note that the information has been redacted in order to remove details relating to individuals/sole traders/partnerships as this data is exempt in accordance with section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In some cases this may mean that non-personal accounts have also been removed. This section of the Act provides an exemption to the general right of access to information, where the disclosure of personal information would breach any of the Data Protection principles. The Council considers that disclosure of this information would constitute a breach of the fairness requirement of the first principle. This is because the individuals in question have not consented to the disclosure of their details. In addition, they have a reasonable expectation that the Council will keep their information confidential.

We can also confirm that we are unable to publish/disclose the following types of information:

  • Identifying Empty Property (where this relates to individuals/sole traders/partnerships)
  • Disclosing Rate Relief relating to Empty Property (where it relates to individuals/sole traders/partnerships)
  • Debit or Credit amounts

Details relating to empty properties linked to individuals/sole traders/partnerships will not be disclosed in accordance with the following Information Commissioner decisions and associated legislation.

Information relating to empty properties owned by private individuals is exempt from disclosure under Section 40(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) which covers personal information. This section of the Act provides an exemption to the general right of access to information, where the disclosure of personal information would breach any of the Data Protection principles. The Council considers that disclosure of this information would constitute a breach of the fairness requirement of the first principle. This is because the individuals in question have not consented to the disclosure of the information. In addition they have a reasonable expectation that the Council will keep their information confidential.

The withholding of information regarding privately owned empty properties reflects the recent Information Tribunal decision in relation to the London Borough of Bexley (Appeal Number EA/2006/0060 and 0066) and that decision can be found on the Information Tribunal website.

In relation to information relating to empty properties which are not owned by private individuals, we refer to the recent Upper Tribunal Decision of Voyias.

This decision relied on section 31(1)(a) of the Act (prejudice to the prevention or detection of crime) and relates to the risk of squatting, criminal damage and impacts beyond the minor amount of criminal damage itself - for example costs of eviction, fear of crime amongst neighbours, costs of enhanced security measures that the council might have to undertake. The conclusion reads:

“The relatively small weight that the public interest in disclosure bears does not, in our view, come close to equalling the public interest in preventing the categories of crime we have identified in this decision. Accordingly the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The Council was therefore entitled to refuse to disclose the information requested by the Appellant.”

As a result, we would rely on the findings of this decision and are unable to disclose this information at this particular time.

We also consider that any request for the value of any credit, debit and/or indications of recovery action associated with any business rate account engages section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (commercial interests). It is considered that disclosure of this information could lead to conclusions being drawn relating to the status of the business and as a result, prejudice their commercial interests.  In any event there is little value in disclosing exact amounts as the Council have systems in place to ensure that any credits are returned and debits are recovered. 

Although the Council aim to be transparent and accountable to the public, we must balance this against the prejudice to the commercial interests of the parties involved if this information was disclosed in its entirety. Due to the low value to the public at large, we consider that section 43 of the Act applies.

Bath & North East Somerset Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the data as the accounts are being updated daily.

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Please refer to the disclaimer regarding the Reuse of Bath and North East Somerset Council's Public Sector Information.

Complaints

If you have made a request and are unhappy with the response to your request, you may ask for an internal review within 40 working days of receipt of the response. Please contact the Divisional Director – Risk and Assurance Services, Mr Jeff Wring, at the Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW or email jeff_wring@bathnes.gov.uk.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to appeal directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF or via the Information Commissioner's Office website

For more information please see the Data Protection and FOI webpages.

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