Business Rates

Information on business rates (national non-domestic rates) payable in the borough, including information discounts, exemptions and relief schemes.

Business rates in the borough

Discounts and business rates relief

  • New build empty properties

    Information on new build empty properties and rates

  • Small Business Rate Relief

    The Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), was introduced from 1 April 2005 to help small businesses.

  • Empty properties

    With effect from 1 April 2008 empty properties will be exempt from business rates for the first three months they are empty

  • Hardship relief

    Billing authorities have the discretion to grant relief to a ratepayer where payment of all or part of the rates due would cause them hardship

  • Local Business Rates Discount

    Information on the Local Business Rates Discount

  • Mandatory and Discretionary Rate Relief

    Registered charities are entitled to charitable rate relief (also known as mandatory rate relief) where the property they occupy is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes. Registered charities and not for profit organisations may also be eligible to apply for Discretionary Rate Relief if they meet the criteria.


Payments and billing