Local discretionary rate relief

The law allows us to give discounts on business rates where it's in the best interests of Council Tax payers. 

How much discretionary relief businesses can get

If we decide to give a discount, you could get up to 100% off your bill. 

State aid rules

Discretionary rates relief usually counts as state aid. The law says you can't have more than €200,000 in state aid (including EU aid) over a rolling three year period. You must tell us if you've had any other state aid.

How to apply for discretionary rate relief

To apply for local discretionary relief, contact the Business Rates team. You'll need to explain why you need the relief and include as much information as you can to support your application.

You must keep paying your rates as normal until you hear back from us, unless we've agreed you don't need to.

What happens next

We'll consider your application taking into account a variety of factors including:

  • the long term prospects for the business
  • jobs
  • the impact on other businesses and the local community
  • whether giving the relief will directly contribute to attracting investment, jobs or other businesses into the area
  • fairness in relation to other local businesses

We might need to arrange to visit you.

Once we've made our decision, we'll let you know, We'll send you a new bill if we decide to give you a discount. We try to make decisions within 2 weeks of getting all the information.

Renewing discretionary rate relief

Local discretionary rate relief doesn't renew automatically, but you can reapply.