Business rates relief

You may be entitled to rate relief if you are:

  • a charity 
  • a small business 
  • pay for an empty property 

If eligible you can apply for relief from you business rates by using our online form below.

Charitable and Discretionary relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes.

There is an 80% deduction of the full bill or of the transitional bill where transitional arrangements apply.

Billing authorities have the option to remit all or part of the remaining 20% of a charity's bill on this type of property. Authorities also have the option to remit all or part of any bill for a property occupied by certain organisations not established or conducted for profit (e.g. community groups or sports clubs).

Small business relief

There have been further changes to Small Business Rate Relief with effect from 1 April 2017.

  • For businesses with a rateable value of 12,000 or less, 100% relief may be granted. This means that ratepayers with rateable values of £12,000 or less will pay no rates at all for the period.
  • Rate payers with rateable values between £12,000 and not more than £15,000 will receive tapered relief from 100% – 0%.

Occupied properties which have an RV of less than 51,000 will be calculated using the lower multiplier.

If your circumstances change, for example you occupy another property anywhere else in England, then you must notify the Council immediately as this may affect your entitlement to the relief.

Please note that it is not possible to claim Small Business Rate Relief against empty properties.

Empty Property relief

For the first 3 months that a business property is empty, we do not charge business rates for the property. For industrial and warehouse property the rate-free period is six months.

After this, a 100% business rate charge will apply to most properties that have been empty for 3 months to six months. This is to ensure vacant shops, offices, factories and warehouses back into use.

Empty properties with a Rateable Value of less than 2900 will be exempt from business rates.

Last updated 5 May 2022
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