Business Rates reliefs & exemptions

Businesses are sometimes entitled to Rates reliefs or could even be exempt from rate paying depending upon their circumstances. This page explains the current relief schemes & exemptions and how you can pay less Business Rates.

The following categories will help you identify whether your business may be eligible to receive any Business Rates relief.

Support for Small Businesses

Small businesses with low rateable values (RV) may be eligible to relief on their Business Rates.

Retail & Hospitality Relief

Businesses within the retail and hospitality sector may be eligible to relief on their Business Rates.

Empty Properties & Exemptions

Empty properties and unoccupied properties meeting certain criteria may be eligible to an exemption from Business Rates.

Charitable & not for profit organisations

If you occupy a property and your business is a charity or an organisations that is not established for profit you may be entitled to business rates relief.

Other types of relief

Other categories of relief are also available to support businesses. These include local newspapers, public toilets, and heat relief networks.

Historic or ended relief schemes

Details of previous or ceased schemes can be found here.

Proposed or upcoming relief schemes

The Government may propose new relief schemes that are to be made available in the futures. Details of any proposed or new upcoming relief schemes can be found here. Please note, that if the scheme is detailed in this section, it is not yet available.

Transitional Arrangements


Business Rates customers face a periodic general revaluation of the rateable values of their business premises. This process ensures that the rateable values given to each property, and which ultimately are used to calculate business rates bills, are a true reflection of the current rental values of properties at that time.

As a result of this process, businesses may find that they face a large increase or decrease in their Non-Domestic Rates bill.

To try to minimise the financial effect that a general revaluation may have on businesses, the government introduced Transitional Arrangements.

Last updated: 06 September 2023 13:35:07

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