You can get small business rate relief if you:
The rateable values of the properties are added together and the relief applied to the main property.
Increased relief between 1 October 2010 and 31 March 2017:
The relief has been doubled by the government.
You can apply for small business rate relief at any time during the current valuation period and for a further six months after the end of this period. You can also apply up to 6 months after the date the Council is told about a change in the rateable value that means the property would be eligible for relief if this is later. To apply email our Business Rates team.
You can still get small business rate relief backdated to 1 April 2010. If you think you may be eligible you should apply as soon as possible in case the rules change in future.
The Government is providing funding for a business rates discount of up to £1000 in 2014 to 2015 and of up to £1500 in 2015 to 2016, to all occupied retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less. For more information and guidance go to the GOV.UK website. The scheme finishes on 31 March 2016.
The government announced in the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2013 that it would provide a 50% business rates discount for 18 months for businesses moving into previously empty retail premises between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016, up to State Aid De Minimis limits. For more information and guidance go to the GOV.UK website.
If your organisation is a Charity, you may apply for Charitable Rate Relief for anything up to 100% of the liability. A written application must be made to the Council. The scheme comprises of two elements:
If your organisation is suffering from hardship, you may apply for this relief. However, there are very strict criteria that must be complied with and as well as proving hardship, you must also show why it is in the interests of the Council Taxpayer to allow relief.
You can apply to pay less business rates if only part of your property is occupied. The unoccupied part must only be empty for a short time. We will ask the valuation officer for a certificate advising what the rateable value of the occupied part of your property is and you will only get charged for that part.
To see if you’re eligible for relief email our Business Rates team. You need to send an accurate to scale plan showing the occupied and unoccupied parts of the property as well as dated photographic evidence.
For Post Offices, General Stores, Public Houses, Petrol Filling Stations and former Agricultural Premises.
To be eligible, the heriditament must be within the boundaries of a Qualifying Settlement (see below for a list of such settlements) and;
It is possible that a general store and a post office in the same settlement may both qualify for a mandatory rate relief, provided they both meet the criteria.
The Mandatory Scheme gives 50% relief to sole Post Offices and General Stores or former Agricultural premises in a qualifying settlement, subject to the above criteria.
The Council has discretion to top-up the 50% relief with further help up to 100% and will consider each claim for the further discretionary relief on its merits.
It is expected that only in exceptional circumstances will discretionary relief be awarded in the excess of 80% of the rates payable.
These are the villages that currently have a population under 3,000 for the purpose of awarding Rural Rate Relief:
|Graveney and Goodnestone||Hartlip|
|Milstead||Norton and Buckland|
Non-domestic properties are exempt for the first three months that they are empty and unoccupied. After the first three-months, six months for industrial properties, no extra reduction is given and Business Rates will be charged at 100%.
Certain types of property are exempt from paying empty property rates, these include; listed buildings, land and properties where the owners have gone into liquidation or administration.
The rateable value threshold below which empty properties are exempt from rates is £2,600.
A temporary measure for unoccupied newly built properties is available. These properties are exempt from un-occupied rates for up to 18 months (up to state aid limits) where the property comes on to the rating list between 1 October 2013 - 30 September 2016.
Some land and property won’t have to pay business rates.
To find out the definitions of each of the types of properties and land visit the the Legislation website.
If you think your property is exempt email our Business Rates team.