Business Rates - Reductions, Exemptions and Discounts
Some businesses may be eligible for reductions in business rates.
Updated information with effect the 1st April 2023
- Transitional Relief
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
- Supporting small business relief
Implementation of green reliefs
At the Spring Statement on 23 March 2022, the Chancellor announced that the Government would bring forward from April 2023 to April 2022 a measure to support investment in green energy efficiency. The measure was a 100% relief for eligible low-carbon heat networks which have their own rates bill.