Business Rates reductions and relief

Charities and non profit making organisations

Registered charities and sports clubs

Registered charities using non-domestic properties for the main purpose or objective of the charity can claim 80 per cent relief from the business rates charge if:

  • a registered charity or trustees for a registered charity occupies the property, and
  • the property is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes.

Apply for Mandatory Rate Relief for Charities

Discretionary relief

We have discretion to grant relief of up to 100 per cent of the rates on properties occupied by certain non-profit making bodies, or in the case of registered charities that are entitled to 80 per cent mandatory relief, to top up the relief to 100 per cent. Those qualifying for relief is varied, but all are non-profit making.

When making a decision on discretionary relief, we'll look at the contribution that the organisation makes to the area. Full details are available in the Discretionary Rate Relief Policy 2017-2018

Top up discretionary for charities

Apply for Discretionary rate relief for not-for-profit organisations

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