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Moving a business or opening a business in Guildford borough

If you are:

  • starting a new business with premises
  • moving your business to a new premises
  • opening new premises

You will need to provide us with some details so we can set up your business rates account and issue you with a bill.

We cannot inform your previous council if you have moved premises. Visit their website to find out how you can report your move. You must close your business rates account with them. You can find the website of your old council by inputting the postcode of your old premises on the website (opens new window).

You may also be due a refund, if the amount you have paid this year is more than you needed to pay.

If you are moving to new premises within Guildford borough, visit our moving business premises within Guildford borough page.

Telling us that you have moved into Guildford borough is quick and easy.

What we'll need you to tell us:

  • the name of the company and your contact details
  • the date you started occupying your new premises
  • the date you started renting, or the date you purchased the property

Register for business rates (opens new window)

What happens next

We will contact you if we need further information. We aim to set up your account within 10 working days and issue you a bill in the post.

Useful information for new businesses in Guildford borough

As a new business in the borough, you may also need to:

Register for a MyGuildford account

Signing up for a MyGuildford account is quick and easy. You will be able to track requests for council services. You can use our online services but you need to be registered for an account.

You can use your MyGuildford account to:

  • manage your commercial waste service. You can sign up to Guildford council's commercial waste service
  • manage your business rates account
  • request to move to electronic billing
  • sign up to pay by direct debit
  • tell us about changes that might affect your bill
  • claim a rate relief or exemption

You can only register to manage your account and sign up to pay by direct debit once you receive your bill.

Register or sign into your MyGuildford account (opens new window)