Business and organization reliefs
This sections tells you about exemptions and relief available on Business Rates
Charities and Non Profit Organisations
Charities and Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is either completely or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a Sports Club.
Councils also have discretion to remove all or part of any rates bill in regards to properties occupied by non-profit organizations. Click here for more information.
Transitional arrangements are in place to pause changes in liability and price whilst a property is being re evaluated. Click here for more information.
Small Business Rate Relief
Small businesses occupying a single main property can claim up to 50% (currently 100%) relief from their rates. Central government has funded a doubling of the rate of SBRR so that relief is 100% where the rateable value of the property is £6000 or less.
Businesses occupying a single main property with a rateable value of up to £6,000 can qualify for a 50% (currently 100%) reduction in their rates. Businesses occupying a single main property with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000 can also qualify for a discount but the percentage is reduced on a sliding scale as the rateable value increases. Businesses occupying properties with rateable values below £18,000 will have their bills calculated using the lower, small business multiplier, unless they receive a mandatory relief. Click here for more information
Local Discounts and Hardship
Local Authorities have the power to grant reductions in business rates in circumstances which they may determine.
Also the Council may, in very exceptional circumstances, reduce or remit the charge payable of ratepayers who's business, if to cease trading, would have a detrimental effect on the local community.
Property That is Exempt from Rating Even When in Use
Exempt land and property is not shown in the Local Rating List and therefore has no liability for business rates. Such exemptions include:
- agricultural land and buildings,
- fish farms,
- places of religious worship,
- open public places such as parks,
- property used for the disabled,
- property in enterprise zones etc
If your property is used under such circumstances, you should contact the Valuation Office Agency for further information.
Former Agricultural Premises Relief
Certain businesses set up on agricultural land or buildings that were previously exempt from the Non-Domestic Rate may be entitled to 50% relief if the property is occupied and the rateable value is less than £7,000. The local authority also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.
For more information contact the Business Rate team.
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