Business premises


Business, employment and coronavirus
National advice on loans, grants, furlough and which businesses can reopen and how. Also details of local support from the Business East Sussex Growth Hub.

See also: Important information for our contracted suppliers

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Business rates

Local district or borough councils are responsible for setting and collecting business rates. The amount payable depends on the rateable value of a premises, set by the Valuation Office Agency.

The links below will direct you to information about business rates in your area.


If you want to expand existing or build new premises, you will probably need to consider both planning and building regulations. The GOV.UK website features a comprehensive guide to planning permission and building regulations.

District and borough councils deal with most planning and building issues. The links below direct you to information about planning permission and building control in East Sussex.


You need to consider parking available for staff, visitors and customers. There are controlled parking zones in Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings – see our section on parking.

Meeting rooms for hire

If you need somewhere to hold a business meeting, seminar or event, we offer meeting rooms for hire at County Hall in Lewes, the training centre in Eastbourne, and at four libraries along the south coast.