Business rates relief

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

New relief schemes

If you have a retail, hospitality or leisure property you may be eligible for a business rate discount. If you run a nursery you will not have to pay businesses rates for one year.

Business rate discount for retail premises, hospitality and leisure venues

Businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in 2020-21.

You could qualify for retail discount if your business is a:

  • Shop
  • Restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • Cinema or music venue
  • Hospitality or leisure business - for example, a gym, a spa, a casino or a hotel

Relief for child care providers

Nurseries will not have to pay businesses rates for one year commencing April 2020.

Find out if you can claim

Contact us to find out if you're eligible or you can check your eligibility for the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme and eligibility for the nursery scheme on the government website.

If you're eligible, you could get 100% off your business rates bill for the 2020 to 2021 tax year (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021).

You can get the retail discount on top of any other business rates relief you're eligible for.

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

In the Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced a new relief scheme 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.