Business Rates

Business Rate Reports


Business rates - credit list


In accordance with the findings of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in their Decision Notices FS50619844 and FS50643256, Hull City Council will no longer publish information in respect of credit balances on Business Rates accounts.  In these decisions, the ICO has determined that such information is exempt from publication under Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that disclosure could result in fraudulent refund claims.

Where there is a genuine requirement to check a credit balance, individuals will need to provide written authorisation from the liable party, explicitly stating they are working on behalf of the liable party whose credit balance they wish to check.  Whilst this may seem more onerous it will reduce the likelihood of potential fraud as explained above.  These requests can be submitted to


Business rates - all commercial premises


During the course of the year we receive many Freedom of Information requests which ask for a list of commercial premises within the city. With effect from 1 December 2015 we will publish a report which contains this information and that will be updated every six months.

Any requests for information contained within these reports received during the course of the year will be directed to this webpage.

The data is limited to the following:

property reference number
company name (if registered as such) and address
property description
appropriate relief

Information not supplied or redacted –

account references are not included
all individual’s names except council staff above the level of City Manager
liability start date (due to the amount of time involved)

Due to the way the council’s business rates systems are structured we are unable to provide liability start dates or write on and offs without individually examining each account and all the properties associated with it.  This has not proved to be possible within the time and cost limits set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The document below dated March 2023 provides a snapshot of this information