Business rates relief and reductions

If you pay business rates, you may be eligible for rate relief or a discount. There are several options available:

Small business rate relief

Rural rate relief

Charitable rate relief

Retail discount

Empty property exemptions

Hardship relief

When a property is due for demolition


Small business rate relief

You can get small business rate relief if:

  • your property's rateable value is less than £15,000
  • your business only uses one property - you may still be able to get relief if you use more.

See Small business rate relief (gov.uk) for full details.

Government help for small businesses

At the Autumn Statement 2018, the Goverment outlined a number of proposals to help small businesses from 2019/2020. Find out more at November 2018 autumn statement business rates reliefs.

How to apply

Small business rate relief is applied to your bill automatically.

Please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk if you have any queries.

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Rural rate relief

You could get rural rate relief if your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000.

You won't pay business rates if your business is in an eligible area and either:

  • the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500.

How to apply

If you think you qualify, please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk.

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Charitable rate relief

Charities and community amateur sports clubs can apply for charitable rate relief of up to 80% if a property is used for charitable purposes.

We may also be able to top up the discount to 100% (called 'discretionary relief').

How to apply

If you think you qualify, please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk.

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Retail discount

Retail businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000, can get up to a third off business rates. This is up to state aid limits.

The scheme will run for two years from April 2019.

If you qualify, we will automatically apply the discount to your bill.

Please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk if you have any queries.

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Empty property exemptions

You don't have to pay business rates on empty buildings for three months. After this time, most businesses must pay full business rates.

Some properties can get extended empty property relief:

  • industrial premises (for example warehouses) are exempt for a further three months
  • listed buildings - until they're reoccupied
  • buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 - until they're reoccupied
  • properties owned by charities - only if the property's next use will be mostly for charitable purposes
  • community amateur sports clubs buildings - only if the next use will be mostly as a sports club

If your business only occupies part of a property, you may also be eligible for some rate relief.  Please call us on 01483 523522 to discuss your circumstances.

You will be liable to pay the full rate after the exemption period ends.

How to apply

If you think you qualify, please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk.

 

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Hardship relief

We can reduce your business rates bill with hardship relief.

To be eligible, you must prove that both:

  • you would be in financial difficulties without it
  • giving hardship relief to you is in the interests of local people. For example, because you are the only provider of a service in the area.

We grant Hardship Relief as an exception rather than a rule.

How to apply

If you think you qualify, please call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk.

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When a property is due for demolition

When a property is due to be demolished you will need to speak to the Valuation Office as well as the Business Rates Team at Waverley.

The Valuation Office is responsible for removing the premises from the rating list, we cannot determine when the premises will be removed.  

Contact

Valuation Office Agency

Waverley Business Rates team: call 01483 523522 or email business.rates@waverley.gov.uk.

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Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 02/05/2019 14:49

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