Rate relief

Rate relief is not granted automatically. It is the responsibility of eligible businesses to apply for rate relief. Please ensure that you make an application if you think you are eligible.

Small business rate relief

From 1 April 2017 businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will automatically have their rates calculated using the small business rate multiplier. Eligible businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of less than £15,000 can apply for Small Business Rate Relief to receive a further discount on their rates bill.

To qualify for Small Business Rate Relief, ratepayers must either:

  • occupy one property; or
  • one main property and other additional properties, providing those additional properties have rateable values less than £2,899 and the total rateable value of all the properties is under £20,000.
  • Small Business Rate Relief is protected for up to 12 months for businesses that take on an additional property over these values.

Calculation of small business rate relief

From 1 April 2017:

  • eligible businesses in premises with a rateable value of up to £12,000 will be entitled to 100% relief on their rates bill or
  • relief that will gradually reduce from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £12,001 and £15,000

Businesses with rateable values under £15,000 must apply for Small Business Rates Relief in order to benefit.

Local Newspaper Relief

The Government has introduced a £1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspapers, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament, for 2 years from 1 April 2017. The discount is subject to state aid levels.

Rate relief for rural businesses

Certain types of business in rural settlements with a population below 3,000 may qualify for mandatory rural rate relief. To qualify the property must be occupied and be the only:

  • general store or post office with a rateable value of less than £8,500
  • public house or petrol filling station with a rateable value of less than £12,500
  • or a food shop with a rateable value of less than £8,500

The Government announced in the Autumn Statement 2016 that it intends to increase mandatory rural rate relief to 100 per cent from April 2017. For the 2017/18 year this relief will be granted to eligible ratepayers as a discretionary relief and is subject to state aid.

Charity and registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) relief

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the charity or club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a registered community amateur sports club. The Council has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

To register as a CASC please:

Discretionary relief

The Council has discretion to give relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. We can also consider giving rate relief in cases of hardship or where part of a property is unoccupied for a very short period.

Interaction with other reliefs

If you are eligible for mandatory charitable or rural rate relief and small business rate relief you will only receive the charitable or rural rate relief.