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Business rates discounts and reliefs

Charitable rate relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the bill.

Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. Authorities can give relief on all or part of any rate bill in respect of property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. They can consider giving rate relief in cases of hardship or where part of a property is beyond use for a certain period.

In accordance with The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, the Council is required to publish the date, the reason and any alternative options considered and rejected, in the award of a Discretionary Rate Relief. For details, please see the Discretionary Rate Relief Award list.