Our ref: 429933
9 October 2017 Mr Gavin Chait
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Dear Mr Chait
I can confirm that the information requested is held by Birmingham City
Council. I have detailed below the information that is being released to you. Request
In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2)
on personal data, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date
list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority,
and including the following fields:
- Billing Authority Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupied / Vacant
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)
If you are unable to provide an absolute 'Occupation / Vacancy' status, please
provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property may be
Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel
file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.
I last requested this data three months ago, and this is a request for an updated
and current dataset.
I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and responding and
managing these FOIs must be costly for you. Could I request that - as more
than 53% of local authorities already do - you update and release this dataset
via a dedicated page on your local authority website or on an open data service.
I can recommend approaches for you to consider, and you should find that this
reduces the time and cost of this request process. Response
Please see attached.
Please quote the reference number 429933 in any future communications.
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to
ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within
two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and
should be addressed to:
Birmingham City Council
Corporate Information Governance Team
PO Box 16366
If you are still dissatisfied with the Council’s response after the internal review
you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner's Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 01625 545 700
I will now close your request as of this date.
Data Protection & Procedures Officer
Re Use of Public Sector Information
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