Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q4 2017)

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Darlington Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 8 authorities

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Dear Darlington 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 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.

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.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Freedom of Information, Darlington Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chait

Request reference number: DBC-1637-17

Thank you for your request for information, received on the 9th October 2017 

We are processing your request in accordance with our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Request Procedure, which you can find on our website at:

If we need more information in order to process your request, we will contact you in due course.

You can expect a full response to your request within 20 working days.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Officer
Neighbourhood Services and Resources Group Darlington Borough Council, Town Hall Darlington, DL1 5QT (room 303)
Tel: (01325) 406777
E-mail: [Darlington Borough Council request email]

Freedom of Information, Darlington Borough Council

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Diana Willsher
Complaints and Information Governance Assistant
Complaints and Information Governance Team
Neighbourhood Services and Resources Group
Darlington Borough Council
Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT
Tel: 01325 406777