Other Discretionary Relief

Local Newspaper Relief

A discount of up to £1,500 is available for office space occupied by local newspapers. The discount is restricted to one discount per newspaper title and per premises. Local Newspaper Relief has been extended for an additional 5 years until 31.03.2025. Please contact us by email if you think you may be eligible for this reduction.

Local Discretionary Relief

Councils may award Discretionary Relief where it is in the interest if their Council Tax payers.  Current schemes available:

Discretionary Rate Relief

Relief is available to help those most affected by the 2017 Revaluation. Each local authority has its own scheme to distribute relief in the fairest way possible, and those ratepayers believed to qualify have been sent an application form. Please contact us by email if you have not received this and think you may be eligible.

For full details of each council's agreed scheme, please click on the name of the council below:

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief/Nursery Relief 2021/2022

Further to the Government's announcement in the Budget on 3 March 2021, if you were eligible for 100% relief in the 2020/21 financial year you will continue to receive 100% off your Business Rates bills for the first quarter of the 2021 to 2022 financial year (1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021).

With effect from 1 July 2021, you will receive 66% off your rates bill until 31 March 2022 up to a maximum value of £2 million for all business premises you may have in England.

If your business was legally allowed to open during the national lockdown starting 5 January 2021 your discount for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 will be capped at £105,000 rather than £2 million.

Please note, a rate liability will exist from 1 July 2021 and a further demand notice will be issued during June 2021. If you are not eligible for this relief or wish to opt out, please contact us by email to provide further details.

Retail Relief

Properties that meet the eligibility for Expanded Retail Discount will be occupied business assessments which meet all of the following conditions for the chargeable day:

  • Properties which are wholly or mainly being used:
  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,

             -  for assembly and leisure; or

              - as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation,

For further guidance on what is considered as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues please visit Gov.uk - Retail Relief.

If you are not eligible for this relief or wish to opt out, please email to provide further details.

Supporting Small Business Relief

Available where a business has lost some or all of its small business rates or rural rate relief as a result of the 2017 Revaluation. This will be applied to you account automatically if you qualify.

Nursery Discount - Relief for Non-Local Authority Childcare Providers

Properties that meet the eligibility for Nursery Relief will be occupied business assessments which meet all of the following conditions for the chargeable day:

  • Providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register
  • Wholly or mainly used for provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Further guidance can be found by visiting Gov.uk - Nursery Relief.

If you are not eligible for this relief or wish to opt out, please email our office to provide further details.

Business Rate Relief for Public Lavatories

100% Business Rates Relief is now available for separately-assessed public toilets in England and Wales, including those being operated by local authorities. This relief applies retrospectively from 1 April 2020. Please contact us by email if you have not received this and think you may be eligible.