Rate reliefs

Charity and Discretionary Relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80 per cent of the bill. Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

We also have discretion to give relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. 

Please contact us if you feel that you may be entitled to mandatory relief, or to make a claim for discretionary relief.

Charity and Registered Community Amateur Sports Club

Charities and Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the charity or Club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a Registered Community Amateur Sports Club.

We also have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill

Please contact us if you feel that you may be entitled to mandatory relief or to make a claim for discretionary relief.

Hardship Relief

We have discretion to give hardship relief in specific circumstances.  These are:

  • Where the ratepayer would sustain hardship if the authority did not do so, and
  • It is reasonable for the authority to do so, having regard to the interests of persons subject to its council tax, as any relief granted is subsidised by the residents of Newark and Sherwood.

Please contact us if you feel that you wish to apply for hardship relief.

Download a Hardship Relief Form (PDF File, 63kb) 

Partly Occupied Property

A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied.  Where a property is partly occupied for a short time, we have discretion to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part. 

Please contact us to apply for partly occupied rate relief

Rural Rate Relief

Certain types of business in rural villages, with a population below 3000 may qualify for rate relief of 50%. Businesses that qualify for this relief are the sole general store or the sole post office in the village, provided it has a rateable value of up to £8500; any food shop with a rateable value of up to £8500; and the sole pub and the sole petrol station in the village provided it has a rateable value of up to £12500.

Please note that the property has to be occupied to qualify for this relief. Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill on such property.

Non-domestic rates rural settlement list 2015/16

Under the terms of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 the council is required to compile and maintain a rural settlement list.
This is for the purpose of administering the village shop rate relief scheme.
A rural settlement must:

  • be within a rural area as defined under the Housing (Right to Acquire) (Designated Rural Areas in the South West) Order 1997, and
  • have a population of not more than 3000 on the preceding 31 December

Small Business Rate Relief

This relief is designed to help small businesses reduce their business rate bill.

Small businesses with a rateable value of up to £18000 may qualify for a reduction on their rate bill.  The relief is available to ratepayers occupying single properties in England.  Ratepayers who occupy one main property and other additional properties which have rateable values less than £2600 and the aggregate rateable value of all the properties is under £18000 may also apply for the relief.

The available relief is

  • Rateable Value (RV) below £6000 – 100%
  • Rateable Value (RV) between £6000 and £11999 – percentage declining on a sliding scale by 2% for every £120 RV
  • Rateable Value (RV) between £12000 and £17999 – No relief, but the lower small business rate relief multiplier will be used to calculate the bill

 Qualifying Criteria:

  • If the property is already in receipt of Mandatory Relief, Small Business Rate Relief will not apply.
  • If the property is unoccupied Small Business Rate Relief will not apply.
  • An application form must be completed to initially claim the relief. 
  • The application must be signed by the ratepayer or a person authorised to sign on behalf of the ratepayer.

 The cost of the relief is paid for by all other ratepayers as a supplement on their rate bills.

Any changes to the occupation or rateable value of the property during the financial year may affect the eligibility for small business rate relief.

Please contact us to request an application form for small business rate relief or to receive further information and guidance.

Examples where you may be entitled to a reduction 

Q.  I only have one property in England and my rateable value is less than £6000.  What relief will I receive?
A.  The small business rate relief multiplier will be used to calculate your bill and you will receive a 100% reduction on your bill.

Q.  I have one main property with a rateable value of £4000 and an additional property with a rateable value of £1500.  What relief will I receive?
A.  For your main property, the small business rate relief multiplier will be used to calculate your bill and you will receive a 100% reduction on your bill.  Your additional property will be disregarded for the purposes of small business rate relief.  The standard non-domestic rate multiplier will be used when calculating the bill for the additional property.

Q.  I occupy one property in England and my rateable value is between £6000 and £11999.  What relief will I receive?
A.  The small business rate relief multiplier will be used to calculate your bill and you will receive a reduction of between 99% and 1% on a sliding scale dependant on the actual rateable value of your property.

Q.  I occupy one property in England and my rateable value is between £12000 and £17999.  What Relief will I receive?
A.  You won’t receive any reduction on your bill, but the small business rate relief multiplier will be used when calculating your bill.

Transitional Rate Relief

Property values can change significantly between each revaluation.  Transitional arrangements help to phase in the effects of these changes by limiting increases in bills. To help pay for the limits on increases in bills, there also have to be limits on reductions in bills.  Under the transition scheme, limits continue to apply to yearly increases and decreases until the full amount is due (rateable value times the appropriate multiplier).

The scheme applies only to the bill based on a property at a time of the revaluation.  If there are any changes to the property after 1st April 2010, transitional arrangements will not normally apply to the part of the bill that relates to any increase in rateable value due to those changes.  Any transitional adjustments are shown on the front of your bill.

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