Business rates relief and reductions

If you pay business rates, you may be eligible for rate relief. There are several options available

faq icon 17560 Discretionary relief

We have discretionary powers to grant relief to businesses and organisations in a wide range of circumstances. Read more >

faq icon 17561 Empty property

Empty properties are exempt from business rates for three months after they become vacant, or six months for industrial premises. Read more >

faq icon 17562 Mandatory relief

Mandatory relief is a reduction that the Council must give you if you fulfil the criteria. Read more >

faq icon 17563 Small business rate relief

How to apply for small business rate relief. Read more >

faq icon 20906 Supporting Small Businesses Relief

Some ratepayers may have lost their entitlement to small business rate relief following revaluation on 1 April 2017. Find out what you can do about this. Read more >

faq icon 21312 Discretionary Fund Relief

We are granting Discretionary Rate Relief under S47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 in accordance with a locally developed scheme established following the government's consultation on design and implementation. Read more >

faq icon 22478 Business Rates Retail Discount 2019-20 and 2020-21

We are granting a Business Rates Retail Discount under S47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, in accordance with the criteria set out in the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Business Rates Retail Discount Guidance November 2018 document. Read more >