Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q1 2022)

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Dear Swale 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 your local authority’s complete and most-recently updated list of all business (non-residential) property rates data, including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the public VOA database reference)
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant or ratepayer)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupation / Vacancy status
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds) and/or categories of reliefs/exemptions granted

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.

NOTE: While FOIs are meant to be requestor blind, these data are actively used by national government and UK universities to inform the economic response to COVID-19. Most recently, these data were used by MHCLG for the assessment of support to local authorities via the LEVELLING UP FUND.

Please publish quickly so that organisations trying to support your local authority can do so, and, if you have any difficulties, please contact me so that I may help.

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 (reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).

I last requested these data three months ago, and this is a request for your latest updated dataset.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Chait

FOI (SBC), Swale Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chait


Freedom of Information Act 2000


Thank you for your email which we received on 11 April 2022. Swale Borough
Council acknowledges your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Assuming Swale Borough Council holds this
information, we will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as
possible but no later than 12 May 2022 (20 working days from date of


We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information.


Please quote our reference - 036 in any communication regarding this
particular request.


Yours sincerely


Sue Revell | Information Governance and MO Support Officer | Swale Borough
Swale House East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3HT | Tel: 01795 417269 |
Email: [1][email address] | Web: [2]






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Nick Prior, Swale Borough Council

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Dear Gavin


I refer to your email below and your Request for Information in relation
to Non Domestic Rates.


Please find attached my response with the information that I have been
able to provide.




Nick Prior – Non Domestic Rates Senior Officer  - Revenues & Benefits -

Swale House East Street Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3HT

Email: [1][email address] Tel: 01795 417454 Web:


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emailed please contact the Business Rates Team using the online contact
form which can be found at [3]

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You can now register for My Services and view information online for your
Business Rates.




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