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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.

Spring Budget Announcement

In the Budget on 8 March 2017 the chancellor announced the following measures to provide additional relief for some Business Rates payers:

Businesses who may be eligible for some relief include pubs with rateable values below £100,00, and ratepayers who were previously in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief but are not eligible in this current financial year. There is a New Discretionary Relief Scheme and as soon as details are announced we will identify eligible ratepayers and invite them to apply for the relief. 

Update

Pub Relief: Pubs that may be eligible for assistance under this scheme of support have been contacted and asked to confirm relevant details. As soon as these details are confirmed the businesses will be provided with the discount. If you have received an application form, please ensure you complete and return this as soon as possible.

Supporting Small Business Relief: Businesses that are eligible for assistance under this scheme of support have been contacted to inform them that they will receive this discount, and have been re-billed accordingly.

Small business rate relief

Small Business Rate Relief 2010/11 - 2016/17

If a ratepayer occupied 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 could apply for mandatory relief. Eligible ratepayers would receive 50% relief on properties less than £6,000. Properties with RV's between £6,000 and £11,999 would be eligible for tapered relief and properties over £12,000 would be calculated using the lower, small business rates multiplier.

 

Small Business Rate Relief 2017/18 - 2021/22

From 1st April 2017 the thresholds for Small Business Rate Relief have changed.

If a ratepayer occupies either a single property with a Rateable Value (RV) less than £15,000 or a main property plus additional properties with RV's that do not exceed £2,899, and totalling less than £20,000 the ratepayer can apply for mandatory relief.

Eligible Small Businesses that occupy a property with an RV less than £12,000 will be eligible for 100% relief. Whilst ratepayers who occupy properties with RV's between £12,000 and £15,000 will receive tapered relief from 100%-1%.

For occupied properties with a RV between £15,001 and £50,999 the Small Business Multiplier will be used.

You do not have to make a fresh application if you are already in receipt of relief. If you have not already applied for 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. Alternatively, you can download the Small Business Rate Relief application form below:

 

Transitional Relief

Transitional Relief is a Government scheme which ensures that large increases or large decreases in rates bills which are due to the revaluation are phased in gradually over a number of years. Transitional arrangements help to phase in the effects of these changes by limiting the amount by which a bill may rise following a revaluation. To help pay for the limits on increases in bills after revaluation, there also have to be limits on reductions in bills.

Any transitional adjustments will be calculated automatically by the Council and shown on the front of your bill.

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.