Business rates discounts
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.
We have some general powers to grant discretionary discounts.
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.