Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q2 2018)

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Brentwood Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Brentwood Borough Council,

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 Property Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database reference)
- 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 receiving.

Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence (meaning reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).

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 65% of local authorities now 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.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Chait

FOI, Brentwood Borough Council

Thank you for your request.


This has been passed onto the appropriate FOI officer and your request
will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Dear BusinessRatesBrentwood,

Thank you so much for the data provided, however the occupation status (void/occupied) is not included. Please could you update this and provide an updated version of your data.

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

Dear Brentwood Borough Council,

Your response to my request was redacted by the WDTK administrators as containing personal information. Would you be able to provide a new version of the data requested?

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

We have deleted a response from Brentwood Borough Council sent on the 16th May 2018 due to the apparent accidental release of personal information.

Richard - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

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