Commercial and Non-Domestic Occupant Data

Clifford McDowell

The commercial and Non-Domestic occupant data provides the name of the company or organisation paying business rates to a local authority at an address level. The data includes charities and local community groups such as the scouts.

This data will list the name of the occupant and in most cases, the date their liability started. Details on the property internals (i.e. size and use) and the rateable value can be referenced in the hereditament’s datasets.

Unlike other data sources which focus on the name over the door the commercial and Non-Domestic occupant data shows the name of the organisation or registered company paying the rates. Doorda will match company names to the company number allowing a user to view all the locations occupied regardless of the name over the door.

This is especially useful when trying to link a company to a location or when trying to ascertain how many unit’s an organisation operates from. E.g. There 100s of McDonald’s but most of these are operated by franchisees, the data will allow you to see who the franchisee is.

The commercial and Non-Domestic occupant data covers 85% of English and Welsh Local Authorities. The data is updated monthly; however, refreshes will vary by local authority with some publishing monthly and others annually. We aim to have the latest version of the data available each month.

You can also uncover what the occupant is expended to pay in business rates and see the size of the location. Read our collection of articles on business rates.

Commercial Occupants in the News:

High street crisis: which big names closed stores in the past year?Source: The Guardian
High Street: How many UK shops have closed?Source: BBC News
Council set to abandon commercial property plans and spend money on social housing insteadSource: Reading Chronicle

How Doorda uses Occupant Data:

Commercial and Non-Domestic Occupant data forms part of the larger DoordaProperty product. This will also allow you to view the Commercial Owner of a property as well as the date an occupant moved in, all data within DoordaProperty is also linked to Company number in DoordaBiz this allows you to cross-reference the registered directors alongside the significant controllers for really deep dive into what is going on at an address.



  • Some local authorities are unable to distinguish between individuals and sole traders, in these cases, they can’t publish individuals names as it would be classified as personal data under GDPR.
  • The ratepayer name may not match the trading name e.g. McDonalds operate under a franchise scheme so the trading name will be different to the ratepayer. However, in the case of food handling businesses or Healthcare providers you will be able to see the trading name in the Hygiene and Healthcare inspection datasets.