Business Rates - Reductions, Exemptions and Discounts
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG4)
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 financially impacted by Covid restrictions and delay to the Government’s roadmap.
The scheme is open for applications from 1pm Thursday 22 July 2021 and closes at 10pm Sunday 8 August 2021.
All businesses will have to complete the secure online application form by clicking on the link below.
To be eligible, a business must fit under one of the following sectors:
- travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
- wedding industries
- events industries
- English language schools
- freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)
Businesses will need to demonstrate that they have been severely financially impacted and will be required to submit evidence to support the claim.
All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Please note that no payments will be made until the application deadline of Sunday 8th August has passed and all applications have been assessed.
RESTART Grants – this scheme closed for applications on 30 June.
If you have already submitted an application 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.
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