Business rates relief and reductions
- Small Business Rate Relief
- Revaluation - supporting small business
- Pub Relief
- Revaluation Rate Relief
- Empty Properties
- Charities and not for profit relief
- Partly Occupied Properties
- Local Newspaper Relief
Send us a message if you would like to find out more about these reductions.
You may qualify for up to 100% rate relief if your property's rateable value is less than £15,000.
If you lost Small Business Rate Relief as a result of the 2017 revaluation, your bill will not increase by more than £600 each year up until 31 March 2022.
The discount will end if:
- your property becomes empty
- your bill reaches the amount you would have paid without the scheme
You do not need to apply as the discount will be applied automatically to your bill.
If you have a pub with a rateable value of less than £100,000, you will be given £1,000 off your bill. The relief will appear automatically on your bill, and is available only from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019.
The government gave councils money to set up local discretionary relief for those most affected by the 2017 revaluation. In 2017/18, we allocated the funds automatically to those who met the following criteria:
- rateable value was under £125,000 and went up by at least 5%
- final amount to pay went up by at least 5% due to revaluation
- national and multi-national organisations were excluded
In 2018/19 the amount of money available has been reduced by half to £546,000. We will be consulting soon on how to allocate these funds.
You don't have to pay Business Rates on empty properties for three months. After this period, full rates are payable, except for:
- industrial properties (eg warehouses) - exempt for a further three months
- listed buildings - exempt until reoccupied
- buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 - exempt until reoccupied
- properties owned by charities - only if the next use will be mainly for charitable purposes - exempt until reoccupied
- community amateur sports club buildings - only if the next use will be mainly as a sports club - exempt until reoccupied
Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs are usually entitled to an automatic 80% bill reduction. You can apply for the additional 20%, but decisions are discretionary and are made on a case by case basis.
The council can also grant up to 100% discretionary relief for a property if it is occupied by a not for profit organisation.
We have a limited fund for both of these discretionary reliefs, so not all applications are successful.
In some circumstances, the council has discretion to award partial relief when a property becomes partly occupied for a short time. Examples include when part of a property is out of use due to fire, or refurbishment.
Tell us which parts of the property are not occupied and why, along with an estimate of how long they will remain empty. We will then contact you to say if you qualify for relief.
If you are a local newspaper, we can provide up to £1,500 off your bill for each year up until 31 March 2019. One discount is available per local newspaper title and per property.