Business rates

Business rates discounts

Some properties are eligible for discounts on their business rates. This is called ‘business rates relief’.

Unoccupied property

General, you don't pay business rates for the first three months that a property is empty, or the first six months for an industrial property. After that, if the rateable value is over £2,600, full rates are payable. Listed buildings and properties with rateable values of less than £2,600, pay no empty property rates until reoccupied.

Discounts for partly occupied property

If a property is partly occupied for a short time, we may be able to give a discount for the unoccupied part.

Discounts for small businesses

Small Business Rate Relief is a rate relief scheme to help small businesses who do not receive any of the other rate reliefs available.

Discounts for charities

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports clubs are entitled to an 80% discount on proerty that is mainly used for charitable purposes. We can use our discretion to give a further discount on the remaining bill.

Discounts for local newspapers

The Government is providing funding so that we can offer discounts on office space occupied by local newspapers.

Local discounts

We have some general powers to grant discretionary disocunts.

Hardship relief

We can give hardship relief in specific circumstances.

For further information about any of the discounts listed, download our business rates explanatory notes or contact business.rates@pendle.gov.uk.