Introduction To National Nondomestic Rates


Event summary

This event will cover the basics of national non-domestic rates (NNDR), more commonly known as business rates – what they are and why they are important. It provides a solid foundation for the most common, important issues such as liability, reliefs, exemptions, collection and enforcement.


09 May 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
E1 8AN
[See map]

Standard price

£200.00 excl VAT

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£175.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Session 1 - An introduction

This opening session will provide delegates with a background to national non-domestic rates (NNDR). It will cover:

  • What are NNDR?
  • How are the rates calculated?

Session 2 - Liability

This session looks liability and who is liable to pay. It will cover

  • Who is liable to pay?
  • The elements of occupation.

Session 3 - The Central & Local Rating Lists

This session will provided details of the central and local rating lists as well as details on how non-domestic properties are valued. It will cover:

  • Properties contained on the rating list.
  • What is the central rating list?
  • How are non-domestic properties valued.

Session 4 - Operation of Reliefs from Non-Domestic Rates

This session will provided detailed coverage of how the various reliefs are calculated and how they should be applied. It will cover:

  • What reliefs are available.
  • What are the qualifying criteria.

Session 5 - Collection & Enforcement

This session will cover relevant regulations dealing with the administration and enforcement of NNDR. It will cover:

  • How NNDR are collected.
  • What happens if the rates aren’t paid?

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at new members of staff who have little or no knowledge of NNDR or staff who wish to gain knowledge of the subject.

How will I benefit?

By the end of the one day event you will have an understanding of:

  • What NNDR are and why they are important.
  • How NNDR are calculated.
  • Who pays NNDR.
  • The elements of occupation.
  • What the local and central rating lists are and why they are important.
  • The different valuation methods used.
  • The reliefs and exemptions available.
  • How NNDR is collected and what happens when someone doesn’t pay.

CPD hours



  • Business rates
  • / Local government
  • / Revenues and benefits

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Speaker - Adrian Blaylock - Lead Revenues Advisor, CIPFA

Adrian Blaylock

Adrian has more than 23 years' experience in the revenues area of local government. During this time he covered all aspects of revenues, including customer service, training and development, recovery, court officer, benchmarking, statistics, and the completion of all returns as well as performance monitoring. His role for the last 12 years has been principal revenues officer, contributing to the management of the revenues team, mainly focusing on non-domestic rates. He developed the forecasting methodologies for loss on appeals and analysis of VOA data for the Doncaster MBC. He has been an active CBRS participant for many years as well as a contributor to CIPFA’s online forum, TISonline. He was invited to and sat on the consultation group with the VOA for the development of the information sharing protocol. He is a member of the IRRV and has previously sat on the executive committee of the Yorkshire and district association.