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Rate relief schemes

There are several rate relief schemes available. You need to apply for some rate reliefs but others are automatic.

UK floods 2014

If you have a non-domestic or business property that has been damaged by bad weather or flooding you should contact us as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances as we may be able to give a temporary reduction in your rateable value.

If your property has been flooded as a result of the adverse weather conditions and your business has been adversely affected you may also qualify for 100% business rates relief for up to 3 months from the date of flooding � you should contact your local council and ask how to apply for this.

Are you a retail* business with a rateable value of £50,000 or less?

If you are a retail* business and your rateable value is £50,000 or less. You will be eligible for a new additional special discount worth £1000 which relates to the rate bills of 2014 / 2015 and 2015 / 2016. The special discount is administered by your local council and only applies to England .

(*excluding payday lenders, betting shops and pawn brokers)

Are you a small business?

You may be eligible for small business rate relief if your rateable value is below a certain level. Small business rate relief is administered by your local council and the system varies between England and Wales.

Are you a retail* business with a rateable value of £50,000 or less?

If you are a retail* business and your rateable value is £50,000 or less. You will be eligible for a new additional special discount worth £1000 which relates to the rate bills of 2014 / 2015 and 2015 / 2016. The special discount is administered by your local council and only applies to England.

(*excluding payday lenders, betting shops and pawn brokers)

Are you moving into a retail premises that has been empty for more than a year?

A 50% business rates relief for 18 months, between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016, will be given for businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for a year or more.

Has your rateable value changed significantly since revaluation?

Transitional relief in England is designed to reduce the impact of any large changes in the rateable value – whether the change is up or down. Your local council will automatically include transitional relief when they calculate your bill. There is no transitional relief in Wales.

Is your property empty?

All empty properties are exempt from paying business rates for three months after they become vacant. There are additional exemptions for certain types of property, or for properties under a set rateable value. You should contact your local council to let them know if your property becomes vacant.

Are you a charity or an amateur community sports club?

Charities and amateur community sports clubs can apply for charitable relief. This can reduce the bill by 80 per cent. In some areas, this could be reduced even further. Contact your local council to find out more.

Are you another type of non-profit organisation?

Non-profit organisations can apply for discretionary relief. This can reduce the bill by 100 per cent. Contact your local council to find out more.

Are you a rural business like a village shop or petrol station?

You may be eligible to apply for discretionary relief. Contact your local council to find out more.