Business rates relief
Which businesses may be entitled to rate relief and how to apply.
Reliefs and Exemptions
There are a number of different reductions available. Below you will find the main reliefs we offer. If you think you qualify for any of the reliefs shown please download and complete the application form or contact the Business Rates office for assistance. Calls will cost you 2 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
Types of relief
Charity Relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) If you are a charity, a non-profit making organisation, or are registered as a CASC you may be entitled to relief.
Hardship Relief The council will consider applications from business ratepayers for a reduction in rates on the grounds of hardship.
Rural Rate Relief Businesses in rural areas may be entitled to relief.
Small Business Rate Relief If you occupy premises with a rateable value of under £51,000 you may be eligible for a reduction in your bill.
Partly Occupied Relief If the property you occupy will be partly occupied for a short time only you may be eligible for relief.
Transitional Relief is a Government scheme which ensures that large increases or large decreases in rates bills which are due to the revaluation are phased in gradually over a number of years.
From 1st April 2012 Section 69 of The Localism Act 2011 amends Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to allow authorities to grant business rate discounts (in addition to the already available discretionary rate reliefs).
Support for Pubs is a new relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value below £100,000. Under the scheme eligible pubs will receive a £1,000 discount on their bill for the 2017 and 2018 financial years.
Discretionary Revaluation Relief - Discretionary revaluation relief provides support to businesses that face the steepest increase in their rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation. The financial assistance the council is able to offer under the scheme will be limited to the funding provided by Central Government.
Last reviewed: 10 - 07 - 2018