Business Rates - Reductions, Exemptions and Discounts
IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG6)
The Council has created a new Additional Restrictions Grant policy based on Government guidance, which will provide additional support to businesses who have been severely impacted by Covid restrictions and uncertainty caused by the Omicron variant, including those outside of the business rates system.
The scheme is open for applications from Friday 21 January 2022 and closes on Friday 4 February 2022 at 4 pm.
Please note this discretionary grant scheme is separate from the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. We will be contacting those eligible businesses separately by email.
All businesses will have to complete the secure ARG6 online application form by clicking on the link below.
PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR ARG 6 IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE OMICRON HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE GRANT
To be eligible, a business must fall into one of the following sectors:
(a) Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure for businesses outside of the business rates system only;
(b) Personal care;
(c) Travel and tourism including group travel, travel agents and tour operators, coach operators;
(d) Wedding industries;
(g) Events Industries;
(i) English Language Schools;
(k) Freelance and Mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses);
(m) other businesses that may not have received other grants funding;
Please note: All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. We are required to undertake robust pre-payment verification checks for this grant, and are unable to make any payments until they are complete. No payments will be made until the application deadline of Friday 4 February 2022 has passed and all applications have been assessed.
Please do not contact us during this time. You will be notified once we are able to make a payment.
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. See announcement here:
Update 21 January 2022
We are aiming to go live with applications week commencing the 24th January 2022
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG5)
Updated 21 January 2022
The application window has now closed. The verification process has now been completed and we are aiming to process payments the week commencing the 24th January 2022
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