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Business Rates

Annual Notification

Rates are paid on buildings that aren’t used as homes, commercial properties used by businesses, for example. The amount charged depends on the rateable value of the property. This is determined by the Assessor’s office in Kirkwall.

How to Pay

Your rates bill will tell you how much to pay and when the payments are due.

You can pay by:

Further Information

For further information on rates, rateable value or rate discounts, please contact the Revenues team on telephone: 01856873535 extension 2133 or email.


Payments must be made by the dates shown on your rates bill. If a final notice is issued you will be asked to make the payment within 14 days. Then, if no payment is received, we may be forced to take legal action.

Please contact us straight away if you’re having problems with a payment you owe us. We might be able to come to an arrangement for you to pay back the money without us having to take legal action.

Getting Help With Debt

If you’re having difficulties with other bills, you can get independent advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, an external link to their website can be found in the Related Sites section of this page. Remember, it is never too late to seek advice.

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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