If you're a small business, charity or sports clubs, or meet other criteria, you can apply for a business rate relief or reduction
There are a number of different reliefs and reductions available:
Use this link to GOV.UK to find out about each type of relief or reduction.
If you're applying for charitable rate relief, you may be eligible forwhich can top up the discount by an extra 20%.
Discretionary rate relief, apply online using the form on the right.
We'll automatically apply:
This relief is available from 1 April 2019-31 March 2020 for occupied businesses with a rateable value lower than 51,000.
Ratepayers can benefit from one third off their business rates bill if the property is wholly or mainly used as a shop, restaurant, café or drinking establishment. If you are not in receipt of this but think you should be please contact our offices.
We always try to inform you when changes in legislation impact on the reliefs and exemptions that are available to your business.
Contact us and we can advise you of the reliefs and exemptions that are available and explain whether they apply to your business. This is a free service so please contact us for advice before paying for the services of a Business Rates Consultant.
|Type of relief||Application method|
|Discretionary rate relief||Apply online using the Discretionary Rate Relief form on the right|
|Small businesses||Apply online using the Small business rate relief form on the right|
|Rural rate relief||Get in touch|
|Charitable rate relief||Download, complete and return the|
|Hardship relief||Download, complete and return the|
For small businesses, we aim to deal with your application in 10 days. For other application types, we'll send you a letter acknowledging your application and an approximate processing time.
We'll send you a new bill with the relief or reduction applied.
You can appeal if you are not awarded charitable or discretionary relief using the form below. You must do so within 15 working days of receipt of the decision.
Any changes that may affect your entitlement to a current or pending relief award must be reported as soon as possible.
These changes may consist of a change in use or liability, a change in running costs or a change in unallocated reserves. Whilst very minor changes do not need to be reported, you are required to notify us of any more substantial changes that may affect your entitlement.
If you have been awarded discretionary rate relief, and have had a change, please complete and return the form below.