Guidance and information on completing the form

Please tick ‘yes’ in the form to say you are liable for business rates if;

  • are currently paying business rates
  • get Small Business Rates relief so are currently not paying business rates
  • get Retail relief so are currently not paying business rates.

Use this guidance to help you fill in this form. 


If you have more than one premises in Brighton & Hove, you’ll need to complete a separate application for each one. If you have received a letter or email with an Invitation Reference Number please have this ready as this really helps us speed up the assessment of your claim.

Personal Details

We will ask for your personal details as well as details of the business. These form part of our verification and anti-fraud checks.

Business Rates

If you pay Business Rates directly to the council, we will ask for details so that we can cross-check the information you provide against the Business Rates system. 

You’ll find these details on your bill, or you may have received an invitation to apply, by letter or email, which will have the details on there.

Please complete this section fully or else we will have to extra checks that will slow down your claim.


The figures you provide on how your business has been impacted should relate only to the impact/estimated impact during the restrictions.

For the purposes of the all current grant schemes, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This means carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.

For example, indicators that a business is trading are the business:

  • has staff on furlough
  • continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures


Make sure you don't enter the number of staff you employ twice. Enter the number of individual staff members into each category.

For example, if a member of staff is an apprentice, only add them to the apprentice category. Or if you have two part time staff members who are seasonal, only add them to the seasonal category.

Bank details

Avoid the need for additional checks which may delay payments. If you pay Business Rates by Direct Debit or have previously claimed a Business Grant under the previous scheme, the bank details you supply should:

  • match those we already hold on file
  • relate to a business bank account, in the name of your business - where possible

Supporting documents

The bank statement you provide should match the bank details you provide for payment and be dated within the last 3 months. 

Where possible, this should be a business bank account.

Changes in circumstance

You must inform the Business Rates team immediately if your circumstances have changed recently as it may affect your eligibility for grants.

Please tell us if:

  • your business has permanently closed
  • you have left or changed premises in Brighton & Hove
  • you have decided not to renew a lease on your business property
  • your business has gone into liquidation
  • ywnership of the business has changed
  • the business bank account has changed

If any of these circumstances apply to you please complete our online form at to let us know as soon as possible, quoting the application reference shown above.

State aid/Subsidy allowance

As the Brexit transition period has ended, new rules were established on 4 March 2021. They do not apply retrospectively.

Payments made under the Covid-19 business support schemes can be affected.

The restart grant, additional restriction grant and LRSG schemes are covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

If you go on to make an application and are in receipt of a subsidy we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant threshold. 

The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU.

Guidance explaining the subsidies chapter of the TCA, World Trade Organisation rules on subsidies, and other international commitments can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The TCA document can be found on the European Commission website

The rules are complex, so if you are still unsure whether they apply to your business, you are advised to take independent advice.

The government has told us they are intending to release a simpler version of the current guidance.  As soon as this information is available, we will make it available on our web page.