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Business rates relief

Some business properties can claim discounts from the council on their business rates. This is called 'business rates relief'.


Discretionary business rates relief

On 15 December 2021 the government published their guidance for the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) for 2021/22, to provide discretionary rate relief.

The government has set aside a £1.5b fund and Uttlesford's share is confirmed to be £2.4m. 

This fund is to help those businesses with their business rates bills who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

The relief will not apply to businesses that have already been assisted via the:

  • Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Discount scheme
  • Nursery Discount scheme
  • Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS)

It cannot be applied to unoccupied property, other than those closed temporarily due to government advice on COVID-19. These properties should be treated as occupied for the purposes of this relief scheme.

Awards are likely to amount to a subsidy and therefore any relief provided under this scheme will need to comply with the UK's domestic and international subsidy control obligations.

Our local scheme will be developed over the next few weeks and further information provided.

You can view your business rates account by using our business rates online service. If you do not already have an account you can sign up today.

Retail relief

The relief scheme is for retail properties that have a rateable value of below £51,000. Under this scheme, eligible ratepayers will receive a one third discount of their final bill.

Find out more about Retail discount 2019 to 2021.

Small business rate relief

Eligible businesses with a rateable value (RV) up to £12,000 can get 100% rate relief on their liability. This relief decreases on a sliding scale by approximately one per cent for every £30 of rateable value between £12,000 and £14,999.

Find out more about  Small business rate relief.

Charitable and discretionary relief

Charities and amateur community sports clubs can apply for relief of up to 80% if a property is used for charitable purposes.

Find out more about Charitable and discretionary relief.

Rural rate relief

You may be able to claim rural rate relief if your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000. You get between 50% and 100% off your business rates.

Find out more about Rural rate relief.

Business development rate relief

The council has created a discretionary business development rate relief scheme that provides additional discounts to eligible businesses.

Find out more about Business development rate relief.



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