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 £2,900, full rates are payable. Listed buildings and properties with rateable values of less than £2,900, 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 and non-profit making organisations

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports clubs are entitled to an 80% discount on property 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 discounts.

Hardship relief

We can give hardship relief in specific circumstances.

Rural rate relief

Certain properties in a rural settlement can get help with their business rates. A rural settlement is a settlement with a population of no more than 3,000, which is wholly or partly within a Council's area.

Discounts for retail properties

Expanded Retail Discount

At the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers will receive a discount on their business rates bills for the year 2021 - 2022 of 100% for the first three months and 66% for the rest of the year. 

This Expanded Retail Discount will be provided to eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties in 2021 - 2022. The discount is automatically applied.

There is more information on business rates retail discounts on the Gov.UK website.

For further information about any of the discounts listed, download our Business Rates explanatory notes or contact