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Business rates - reliefs and exemptions

Summary

There are a number of ways you can get help with reducing the Business Rates that you pay:

  • Small Business Rate Relief
  • Unoccupied Property Relief
  • Partly Occupied Property Relief
  • Charity and Registered Community Sports Club Relief
  • Discretionary Relief for Non-Profit Making Organisations
  • Hardship Relief

How to Apply For a Reduction

Contact the Business Rates Department:

  • By telephone or
  • Download and print the relevant form if applicable, complete, sign and date it. Return it to the Business Rates Section at the address/email address shown at the side of this page.

Applicable forms are provided below, however if you decide to contact us via telephone, your account could be updated immediately (in most cases).

Small Business Rate Relief

Some small businesses can get relief to help them reduce the amount of rates they need to pay. To qualify a business must:
  • Occupy one business property in England with a rateable  value below £15,000
  • Occupy one business property with a rateable value below £15,000, together with others whose rateable values are below £2,900 and when added together the total rateable value does not exceed £20,000
  • An increase in Small Business Rate Relief means that with effect from April 1st 2017, all rate bills for businesses with rateable values below £51,000 will be calculated using the lower multiplier irrespective of how many properties they occupy.

With effect from 1st April 2017 the government  increased the level of relief awarded to 100 percent for those businesses with rateable values below £12,000, rateable values between £12,000 and £15,000 will receive a percentage reduction on a sliding scale of between 0 and 100 percent.

The Government has also introduced additional support to small businesses. For those businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief, the Government has confirmed that they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

Businesses that have already been granted (or are already receiving) relief will continue to receive a reduction without needing to reapply, as long as they remain eligible.

Small Business Rate Relief Application

Unoccupied Property Rating

Most owners or tenants of non-domestic properties that are unoccupied will have to pay empty property rates. When a property first becomes empty, there will be a rates free period of six months for industrial assessments and 3 months for all other properties. After the defined period of time we will charge rates at 100 percent.

A property is only classed as unoccupied when all the items have been removed (with the exception of fixtures and fittings). If a property is being used for storage purposes then full Business Rates must be paid.

If a property has been empty for more than three/six months before it is purchased or leased, then empty property rates will apply immediately from the date the property is purchased or leased.

The Government has introduced a new temporary measure for unoccupied new builds from October 2013. Unoccupied new builds will be exempt from unoccupied property rates for up to 18 months (up to state aid limits) where the property comes on to the list between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2016. The 18 month period includes the initial 3 or 6 month exemption and so properties may, if unoccupied, be exempt from non-domestic rates for up to an extra 15 or 12 months.

Exemptions

Certain types of unoccupied properties/owners that are exempt from empty property rates. These include:

  • Nationally listed buildings
  • Properties with a rateable value of less than £2,900
  • Companies in Liquidation or Administration
  • Properties which cannot be occupied by law
  • Charity and Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Registered

To claim unoccupied property relief, you must contact the Business Rates team as soon as the property becomes vacant.

Partly Occupied Property Relief

A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. Where a property is partly occupied for a short time, we have the discretion to award relief for any unoccupied part.

To apply for this relief you must contact the Business Rates team as soon as the partial occupancy begins. We usually inspect the premises to confirm the partial occupancy. We also require you to provide a plan of the premises so that the Valuation Office Agency can accurately apportion the rateable value between the occupied and unoccupied areas.

Charity and Registered Community Amateur Sports Club Relief

Charities and Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80 percent relief where the property is occupied by the Charity or Club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a Registered Community Amateur Sports Club.
We have discretion to give further relief on the remaining 20 percent. To apply, please complete and return the application form.

Charitable/CASC Relief Application

Discretionary Relief for Non-Profit Making Organisations

We have discretion to give relief to some non-profit making organisations. To apply, please complete and return the application form.

Discretionary Relief Application

Hardship Relief

We have discretion to give relief in exceptional circumstances. Any award has also to be shown to be in the interest of local Council Taxpayers as we must bear the cost of funding this relief. To apply, please complete and return the application form.

Hardship Relief Application

Supporting Small Businesses

In the Spring Budget the Government announced that a scheme of relief would be made available to those ratepayers facing large increases as a result of the loss of small business or rural rate relief. To support these ratepayers annual increases will be limited to the greater of:

• A cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month)

• The matching cap on increases for small properties in the transitional relief scheme

This relief has automatically been awarded to your account, if you are not in receipt of this relief and believe you qualify please contact the Business Rates Department.

Support for Pubs 

The Government also announced a new relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value below £100,000. Under the scheme eligible pubs will receive up to a £1,000 discount on their bill for 2017/2018. This scheme has been extended and continue for 2018/19.

This relief has automatically been awarded to your account, if you are not in receipt of this relief and believe you qualify please contact the Business Rates Department.

Supporting Small Businesses Discretionary Relief 

Blaby District Council has also adopted a local scheme to limit the increase in 2017/2018  bills to 7 percent for qualifying properties with rateable values up to £70,000 and 9 percent from £70,001 to £ £200,000. This relief has been distributed to eligible ratepayers, however if you have not been awarded relief and believe you could qualify please contact the Business Rates Department for further details.

Qualifying ratepayers will also receive a reduction for financial year 2018/19. Please contact the Business Rates Department for further details.

Contact

    

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Blaby District Council    
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Last updated: 03 April 2018

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