Business Rates - Data for FOI Requests

You can find current data for making FOI requests about Business Rates here.

The Council receives many requests for information relating to business rates accounts, through the Freedom of Information Act. We have provided data below which relates to the most common FOIs we receive.

The Council is required to provide this information where the Business Ratepayer is a

  • Company,
  • Charity,
  • Government Body etc.,

But not where the Business Ratepayer is an individual.

The Council will publish the most commonly requested information half yearly - on or around the 1 March and then update this information on or around 1 September.

Government guidelines require us to provide this information in a commonly accessible format. We have constructed a searchable database, and .csv files can be downloaded.

This enables fast download and ease of merging different pieces of data.  The BA Reference number for each property is shown on all reports.

List of all property and Rateable Values

More up-to-date data, and more in depth data can be obtained from the Valuation Office Agency website at: Find and check your business rates.

The 'West Devon Property List' is the most recent from the Council's records.

Business Ratepayer a company

The list 'West Devon Companies Liable' in the database shows details of the ratepayer, date of start of liability and contact details as at the above date. The list is the most recent from the Council's records.

Exemption and Reliefs

The 'West Devon Exemptions' and the 'West Devon Reliefs' lists show details of the ratepayer, and any reliefs or exemptions that they were in receipt of on the above date. 

The database shows all reliefs and exemptions for both occupied and unoccupied property. The list is the most recent from the Council's records.

Credits (including credits written on)

Following a Decision Notice from the Information Commissioner's Office on 19 December 2016, the credit data is exempt under Section 31 (1)(a) - Law Enforcements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

Please click the following link should you wish to view the ICO decision: Information Commissioner's Office Decision Notice

Open the database