Business rates reductions

Find out if you qualify for a reduction in your business rates.

Small business rate relief

Apply for relief

You can get small business rate relief if:
  1. you only use one property
  2. your property's rateable value is less than £12,000
If you have more than one property you can get relief if the rateable value of each of the other properties is less than £2,600.

What you get

You will get 100% relief for properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less. This means you won't pay business rates.
The rate of relief will gradually increase from 0% to 100% for properties with a rateable value of £6,001 to £12,000.

Empty properties relief

You do not need to pay business rates for the first three months if your property is empty.
After three months, some properties can get extended empty property relief:
  • Industrial properties get relief for a further three months
  • Properties used by charities get relief while they are empty
  • Community amateur sports clubs while they are empty

Apply for empty property relief

To apply, email the following information to
  • your business rates reference number (if you have one)
  • your property address
  • the date the property was empty from.

Retail properties relief

The Government is giving funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,000 a year in 2014-15, and £1,500 in 2015-16 to retail premises with a rateable value of up to £50,000.

This will provide support to premises including pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops. 
Apply for reduced business rates for retail properties (PDF)

Charitable and non-profit rate relief


Charity and amateur community sports clubs

If you are a charity or a registered community amateur sports club (CASC) you can get up to 80 per cent relief on the property you use.
We may also cut all or part of the remaining 20 per cent.

Non-profit organisations

We may also cut your bill if you are a non-profit making organisation. 
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