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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:

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:  

Complete the De Minimis Aid declaration form

Please read the De Minimis Aid information leaflet [pdf] before you complete this form. 

More information

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.