Business Rates - Reductions, Exemptions and Discounts
We have now completed the background checks required before making payment of the restart grants and payments for successful claims submitted before 7th May 2021 are due to be released Monday 10th May to be in bank accounts 2-3 days later.
All eligible businesses will need to make an application for a restart grant even if your business has received payment from previous grants.
To qualify, the business must be a business ratepayer, must have been trading on 1 April 2021 and be in one of the relevant sectors
Please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.
The guidance documentation can be found by clicking the link below
Closing Dates For Business Support Grant Applications
The current round of application for discretionary (arg) application, is now closed
LRSGA 16/02/2021 to 31/03/2021 Last date for applications 31/05/2021
All businesses that wish to claim will have to complete the secure online form by clicking on the link below.
Do not use this form to apply for the RESTART grants available from April. We will be inviting applications shortly via a different on-line application and details will be updated on these pages when the scheme is live.
All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Payment will be made as soon as practical after the assessment has been made.
The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their statements or evidence to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.
Some businesses may be eligible for reductions in business rates.
Updated information with effect the 1st April 2020
Charity and community amateur sports club relief
A relief scheme for registered charities and community amateur sports clubs.
Rate relief for businesses in rural areas
A relief scheme for certain properties within a rural settlement that meet certain criteria.
The local authority has discretion to give hardship relief in specific circumstances.
Discretionary rate relief - not for profit organisations
Billing authorities can award relief of up to 100% to non-profitmaking bodies.
Empty, unoccupied properties
Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.
Part occupied properties
It is at the discretion of a local authority to apply a section 44a reduction.
Small business rates relief
A relief scheme for small businesses based on certain criteria.
March budget relief scheme 2017
Supporting Small Businesses (SSB), Local Discretionary Discount Scheme, Pub Relief, Local Newspapers
Updated Relief Scheme March Budget 2020
Supporting Small Businesses (SSB), Local Discretionary Discount Scheme, New Pub Relief, Local Newspapers