About Business Rates reliefs

Some ratepayers can get discounts on their Business Rates. These discounts are called Business Rates relief. There are a number of different types of reliefs. The types of discounts available can change from year to year. 

If you apply for rates relief, you must keep paying the amount shown on your original Business Rates bill until we confirm any reduction by sending you a revised bill.

Some types of reliefs are mandatory, some are discretionary, and some have both a mandatory and a discretionary element. The cost of reliefs is shared between central government and the local council. 

Types of Business Rates relief

The following types of relief and discounts are available:

Cancel expanded retail or nursery discount

Expanded retail discount and Nursery (childcare) discount for 2021-22 are subject to cash caps from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. This means a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of expanded retail discount in 2021-22, ignoring any relief for the period before 1 July 2021:

  • £2 million for ratepayers which were mandated by the Government to close their business on 5 January 2021 due to the pandemic
  • £105,000 for all other ratepayers.

For more information, see the government's Business rates: expanded retail discount 2021 to 2022 - local authority guidance.

If you do not wish to accept the discount, you can opt out by completing our online form.

Refuse business rate discount

If you opt out of the retail or nursery discount you cannot change your mind.

Mandatory reliefs

Some reliefs are classed as mandatory. Mandatory reliefs are guaranteed for anyone who applies and meets the conditions. Small business rate relief works like a mandatory relief, though for technical reasons it isn't classed as one.

Discretionary reliefs

The law allows us to give discretionary reliefs in some circumstances. Discretionary reliefs aren't guaranteed. We can choose whether to give a discount, and how much to give, up to the maximum amount we have set for each type of relief. 

It's important that we spend public money wisely, so we ask detailed questions when organisations apply for discretionary relief. We then make our decision based on the organisation's particular circumstances and how it contributes to the community.  

Rate relief and State Aid rules 

Mandatory rate relief doesn't count as state aid, but discretionary rate relief usually does. If you apply for any discretionary reliefs and you've received any other state aid (including EU aid) this year or in the last two years, you must tell us.b You're allowed up to €200,000 in state aid over a rolling three year period. If you take more, you'll need to pay it back with interest.