Business Rates

Find out how to pay your Business Rates, apply for reliefs, register a change in your circumstances and more.

UPDATED – 15 January 2021 

NEW - National Lock down grant payments from 5 January 2021

Further to the Prime Ministers announcement of a national lock down from 5 January 2021, financial support will be available to Business rate paying businesses who have been required to close.

The additional support includes a 6 week payment under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) addendum for businesses required to close under the national lock down restrictions from 05 January 2021. Those same businesses will also receive a one off Closed Business Lock down support grant payment (CBSP) of up to £9,000 (depending on rateable value).

We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to automatically make these payments to eligible businesses to whom we have already made grant payments to for the period up to 01/01/2021. These payments have been processed on the 14 January 2021. We ask that businesses allow 3-5 days for payments to reach their nominated bank accounts.

Any new applications made by businesses who have not previously applied, will continue to be considered for all relevant payments under this and previous schemes.

This scheme does not include businesses which are not registered to pay business rates, and who have previously received payment under the Additional Restrictions Support Grant scheme. Please continue to check our website regularly for any new schemes that may be announced.

Additional details can be found on our COVID-19 Business Support Grants page.


Wet led pubs support grant

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions. Eligible wet led pubs will receive a one off grant payment of £1,000.

We have actively identified eligible businesses and have sent them the relevant application form. Applications must be returned by 31 January 2021.


Full details of the eligibility criteria for all of the grant support scheme currently available, together with any online application forms you will need can be found on our COVID-19 Business Support Grants page.

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Information, advice and guidance

About Business Rates

The Business Rate is a tax on all business and non-domestic properties. It is calculated by multiplying the Rateable Value of an individual property by the National Non Domestic Multiplier. The result of this calculation is the business rate payable for the year.This amount may be varied by Transitional Relief or Transitional Surcharge, dependent on the government's phasing arrangements.

All businesses benefit from the services which local authorities provide.

Businesses find some services more useful than others, for example, street lighting and road repairs or the police and fire services. Business Rates help pay for these services.

The money collected from the charge is shared between Local Government, Central Government and, in the case of Doncaster, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Free business support

If you are a business in Doncaster and have been trading for under 2 years then you can access free support from our Launchpad programme.

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Last updated: 15 January 2021 12:06:20