Business Rates reductions and relief

Hardship relief

We can reduce or remit the amount of business rates you pay if you would suffer hardship if we don't. This would be for exceptional circumstances where it is the best interests of our council tax payers. This is in accordance with Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

We can award hardship relief to any ratepayer.

We treat all applications on their own merit and will consider several factors before making our decision including:

  • your current circumstances,
  • why you need hardship relief
  • the 'interests' of our council tax payers. We consider the community financial interests and employment prospects.

You must provide evidence of your hardship to support your application. This must include a copy of your last three year's audited accounts or trading accounts. To support your application you may also like to supply:

  • bank statements
  • cash flow statements
  • any other evidence you think is relevant to your application

Requests must be made in writing to the

Business Rates Team
West Northamptonshire Council
The Forum
Moat Lane
NN12 6AD