Business Rates reliefs and 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.
Reliefs for partly occupied property
If a property is partly occupied for a short time, we may be able to give a relief for the unoccupied part.
Reliefs 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.
Reliefs for charities and non-profit making organisations
Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports clubs are entitled to an 80% relief on property that is mainly used for charitable purposes. We can use our discretion to give a further relief 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.
Discounts for retail properties
Expanded Retail Discount
At the Budget on 27 October 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers will receive 50% relief on their business rates bills for the year 2022 to 2023 up to a maximum cash cap of £110,000. Relief will be provided to eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties in 2022 to 2023. Your current rates bill may include this relief.
Read the Government guidance for the Expanded Retail Discount Relief Scheme
The guidance gives details about how the scheme operates and specifies which types of business are eligible.
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 email@example.com