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Business rates forms and reliefs

On this page we provide information about business rates reliefs, and forms to apply for relief, to make a payment, or to tell us about changes that may affect your business rates.

Small business rate relief

If a ratepayer occupies either a single property with a Rateable Value (RV) less than £18,000 or a main property plus additional properties with RV's less than £2,600 totalling less than £18,000, the ratepayer can apply for mandatory rate relief. Eligible ratepayers will receive 50% relief on properties less than £6,000. Properties with RV's between £6,000 and £11,999 may be eligible for a tapered relief and properties over £12,000 will be calculated using the lower, small-business rates multiplier.

The Government has extended the temporary doubling of Small Business Rates Relief for the rates year 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, for all applicants who currently receive an additional percentage discount as well as use of the smaller rates multiplier. You do not have to make a fresh application if you are already in receipt of the relief. If you have not already applied for the relief and you feel you could qualify, an application form is available. Please contact us. Our contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Retail Relief

Business Rates relief is available to retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes or drinking establishments.

The relief is worth up to £1,000 for the full year 2014/15 and £1,500 for the full year 2015/16 (subject to state aid rules). Please note that this Relief will end on 31st March 2016.  For further information or to make an application for this relief please contact the Business Rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Retail Re-occupation Relief

Business Rates Relief is available for businesses that occupy a retail property that has been unoccupied for more than 12 months. The relief applies to businesses that become liable for rates on a property between 1/4/2014 and 31/3/2016, that has been unoccupied for more than 12 months prior to the occupation. The relief will be worth 50% of the rates payable after any other reliefs have been allowed.

To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page. 

Charity relief

If a property is occupied by a charity and used for charitable purposes 80% mandatory rate relief will be granted. To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Discretionary relief

If a property is occupied by a non-profit making organisation (e.g. a sports club) the ratepayer can apply for discretionary rate relief. To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Registered community amateur sports club relief

If a property is occupied by a Registered CASC 80% mandatory rate relief will be granted. To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Rural rate relief

If a property is the only post office, general store, public house or petrol filling station situated in a settlement appearing on the rural settlement list the ratepayer will be eligible for 50% mandatory relief. We have the discretion to grant up to 100%. Both mandatory and discretionary relief is subject to rateable value restrictions. See if your business is in a qualifying area:

Partly-occupied rate relief  (section 44a)

A property which is partially empty for a short period of time can be granted relief on the unoccupied portion at the discretion of the billing authority based on a certificate issued by a Valuation Officer. To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Unoccupied property relief

All empty properties are exempt of rates for a short period starting from when they first fall empty. It is a 3 month exemption for shops and offices, and 6 months for industrial premises (factories, workshops and warehouses). After the exemption period, the premises will be billed at a rate equivalent to the occupied charge. Certain classes of property are exempt for however long they remain unused - please contact the business rates office via the bills and benefits - enquiry form . To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Hardship relief

A ratepayer can apply for discretionary relief if they can prove they're suffering from severe hardship and that it is in the interests of local council tax payers to grant relief. To apply contact the business rates section. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.

Change of occupier

If you move into new premises, or move out of your premises, or change our property, you need to tell us.

Methods of payment

Visit the pay a bill page to make a payment or for more information about payment methods.

Contact us

If the document you require is  not available or you have any other enquiry please contact us. Contact details are in the contact panel on the right of this page.