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
Ratepayers currently receiving rate relief are required to re-apply each year and applications should be made during January of that year.
To apply you need to complete, sign and return the following application forms with any additional information required.
Consideration can also be given by the Council in case of hardship. To apply, you need to complete, sign and return the following application forms with any additional information required. Please ensure that you complete both the application form and the additional questions form.