A range of relief (discount) schemes are in operation, which you may qualify for.

Empty Properties

Rates are not normally payable for the first 3 months if a property is empty, thereafter, rates equal to 90% of the rates charge will be levied.  Certain types of properties are exempt eg listed buildings and industrial properties.

Fresh Start Relief

Rates relief of 50% for a period of 12 months is available to new occupiers of certain types of properties that have previously been empty for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Special Rebates – Disabled Persons

A special rebate may be available for premises providing certain facilities which are wholly or mainly for disabled persons who are or have been suffering from illness.

Rating Relief

Relief may be available to certain properties in rural areas and charities and other organisations.  These must not be established for profit but are used for recreation, religious purposes or concerned with education, social welfare, etc.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

Businesses which have individual properties with a rateable value of up to £18,000 and a combined rateable value of £35,000 or less may qualify for relief.

Renewable Energy Generation Relief

To qualify for this scheme businesses must be solely concerned with the generation of heat or power (or both) from renewable energy sources.


 To apply online or request an application form for relief please use link (see Do It On Line).

For more information contact

Business Rates
Tel: 03451 55 11 55 Contact Business Rates online
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