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Business rate reductions

Circumstances under which rates reductions might apply include:

The rated property is empty

Most property that has been empty for more than three months – or in the case of industrial property and stores, for more than six months – receives no relief from rates. After an initial three or six month rate-free period expires, empty property will be liable for 100% of the occupied business rate. Exemptions from empty rate apply to some properties such as those that are listed [under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990] or whose rateable values are less than £2,900.

Premises occupied by a charity

Premises occupied by charities and wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes are entitled to a reduction in the rates payable. Relief is given at 80% of the rates bill (if applicable, after taking into account transitional arrangements).

If you consider that your organisation qualifies for this charitable rate relief download the Mandatory Charitable Rate Relief form (130KB) 

The Common Council has discretion to remit all or part of the remaining 20% of the charity's bill. The Common Council also has discretion to remit all or part of any rates bill in respect of property occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit.

If you wish to apply for discretionary rate relief please download the Discretionary Rate Relief form (160KB)