Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Lewes District Council as part of a batch sent to 23 authorities

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Dear Lewes District 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

foi, Lewes District Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which was received today
and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act


For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the


If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
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There may be a fee payable for this information.  This will be considered
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If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.  Further
information is available from the Information Commissioner (Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, telephone: 01625 545700, fax 01625 524510).


Kind Regards,


Lewes District Council

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foi, Lewes District Council

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Dear Mr Chait,

Thank you for your request for information sent to us on 06 November 2016.

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not required to provide information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

Lewes District Council publishes all its information relating to Business Rates. Please visit:

The spreadsheets include the Billing Authority reference (property reference) which can be used to obtain the hereditament information from: -

You have requested information for the last six months. July, August and September's lists are currently on our website; the information is updated on a monthly basis and the information for October 2016 should be available within the next 7 days. I have therefore attached the spreadsheets previously published for both May and June 2016.

I hope this answers your question satisfactorily. If, however, you are unhappy with the way the District Council has handled your request you may ask for an internal review. In the first instance you should email [Lewes District Council request email] within 40 Working Days stating your reasons for a review.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you then have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
email: [email address]
telephone: 01625 545745 or 0303 123 1113

You are allowed to use any information obtained via Freedom of Information requests for non-commercial purposes such as research, private study, reviews and news reporting. However, in many cases, this information will be protected by the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 and/or the regulations relating to the re-use of public sector information. If it is your intention to copy the information for commercial purposes or re-use it then you should apply to the Council for permission at [Lewes District Council request email] The Council will then advise you whether the information is subject to copyright and/or available for re-use and if necessary provide you with a licence.

Yours sincerely,
Tracey Wallace

Information Governance Officer
Lewes District Council
[email address]

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