Exemptions, reductions and reliefs
Empty properties may be eligible for a reduction or exemption from business rates. Find out more about empty or unoccupied properties.
The following types of relief are also available:
- Small Business Rate Relief Form
- Community and Amateur Sports Club Relief (CASC) [PDF] - A reduction scheme available to registered sports clubs
- Charitable Relief [PDF] - Assisting registered charities
- Rural Rate Relief - Assisting businesses in rural areas
- Transitional Relief - A scheme to help phase in the effects of a revaluation.
- Hardship relief [PDF] - Help available for businesses facing hardship
- Pub relief - A discount for public houses
- Discretionary Relief – Relief announced in Spring Budget to assist businesses following 2017 Re-valuation
- Supporting small businesses relief – Relief for businesses losing Small Business or Rural Rate Relief following 2017 re-valuation
- Retail discount - A new discount scheme for retail properties
State aid - De Minimis Relief
State aid is financial support that is provided by the state to business organisations. State aid is tightly regulated to avoid distorting competition within the European Union.
De Minimis Aid is a lawful form of state aid, and it allows enterprises to receive up to €200,000 (approximately £167,000) over three years. Certain business rates reliefs are considered as De Minimis Aid. Therefore when you apply for these reliefs, we need to know how much De Minimis Aid your business has already been granted to make sure that you aren't receiving more than the legal €200,000 threshold in total.
If your business is receiving, or has received, any De Minimis Aid during the current or previous two financial years (from any source), you should let the council know immediately:
Please read the De Minimis Aid information leaflet [pdf] before you complete this form.
The relevant legislation for De Minimis Aid is Commission Regulation (EC) No 1998/2006 (De Minimis Regulations) which you can read on the EU Commission's website.
You can read more about state aid on the GOV.UK website.