Exemptions from business rates

Not everyone has to pay business rates. You may be able to claim an exemption for some or all of your business rates if your business falls into one of the following categories:

Exempt Properties

The following types of property do not have to pay business rates:

  • agricultural land and buildings
  • fish farms
  • churches and other places of worship
  • sewers and property of drainage authorities
  • public parks
  • certain properties used for disabled people
  • swinging moorings for boats.
Town Centre Business Rates Incentive Scheme Business Rates discounts are available to businesses and other organisations that occupy empty premises in the Brackley and Towcester Town Centre Business Rates Incentive Scheme designated areas, subject to them satisfying specific criteria.  Business Rates discounts are applicable from 1 April 2017.
Empty Properties

You may not have to pay business rates for the first three months if your property is empty. After that, you will have to pay 100% of the bill had the property not been empty.

Partly Occupied Properties

There are exceptional circumstances when we can reduce the amount of business rates payable on a temporary basis, for example where occupation of the whole property is not possible due to a fire or flooding or in the instance of the winding down of a business.

Hardship Relief

You may not have to pay the full amount of business rates if your business would sustain hardship if the authority did not grant rate relief AND granting such relief is in the interests of the people who pay council tax.

Small Business Rate Relief

You may be eligible to a reduction in the amount of business rates you have to pay if the rateable value of the property is less than £18,000.

Relief in Rural Settlements (Village Shop Rate Relief)

You may be able to claim a reduction in your business rates if your business is the last essential service in a rural area of less than 3,000 residents and the rateable value of the property is less than £12,500 for pubs and petrol stations or less than £8,500 for shops and post offices.

Rate Relief for Charities or Non Profit Making Organisations

You may be entitled to rate relief if the main aims of your organisation are charitable, educational, religious, recreational, literary or concerned with the fine arts or social welfare.

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