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Business Rate Relief

Charitable and discretionary relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the bill and the Council has the discretion to give a further relief on the remaining 20% of the bill, for the following:

  • A charity or trustee of a charity whose property is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes
  • An organisation which is not a registered charity but has charitable objectives
  • A charity whose property is used wholly or mainly for the sale of goods donated to the charity with the proceeds, after deductions for expenses, applied for the purposes of the charity
  • Registered community amateur sports clubs

The Council has discretion to give a further relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. This applies not only to charities but also to the following organisations:

  • Non-profit making organisations whose main objectives are charitable, philanthropic, religious or concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature or the fine arts
  • Non-profit making organisations occupying premises wholly or mainly for the purposes of recreation
  • Organisations entitled to mandatory relief

Making an application

To apply you need to complete, sign and return the following application form with any additional information required.  You can complete the form on your computer and then print it out. Please remember to print a copy of the completed forms for your own records.

Mandatory Relief for Charities and Trustees for Charities

Discretionary rate relief applications for 2017/18

Ratepayers currently receiving discretionary rate relief will need to re-apply for the financial year 2018/19, and applications should be made during January 2018.

Making an application

To apply for discretionary charity rate relief (CASCs, charities and not for profit organisations), you need to complete, sign and return the following application forms with any additional information required.  You can complete the forms on your computer and then print it out. Please remember to print a copy of the completed forms for your own records.

Please ensure that you complete both the application form and the additional questions form.

General Discretionary application form

CASC, charities and not for profit additional questions

Hardship

Consideration can also be given by the Council in cases of hardship.

Making an application

To apply in the case of hardship, you need to complete, sign and return the following application forms with any additional information required.  You can complete the forms on your computer and then print it out. Please remember to print a copy of the completed forms for your own records.

Please ensure that you complete both the application form and the additional questions form.

General Discretionary application form

Hardship Discretionary additional questions