Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Sunderland City Council as part of a batch sent to 9 authorities

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

Dear Sunderland City Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, 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 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 this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

We last requested this data more than six months ago, and this is a request for an updated and current dataset.

I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and we intend to update this national series every six months. Could we request that - as more than 30% 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. You should find that this reduces the time and cost of this request process.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

Re: Your request for information concerning:

Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data.

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this request.

Customer Request Number: 16-11-29

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Sharon Holden, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Mr Chait


Please see attached response to your recent freedom of information



Kind regards




Sharon Holden IRRV

Revenues Manager

Corporate Services

Sunderland City Council


Tel: 0191 561 1899

Fax: 0191 565 6279

e-mail: [1][email address]








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