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Business Rates relief that can be applied for; 

Newly-Built Empty Property Relief

The government has brought in a scheme to enable local authorities to grant a rate relief on

certain newly-built empty properties for up to a period of 18 months after they have been 


Please click here for further details.


Partly occupied property relief


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, the local authority has discretion to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part.


New business 50% discount


The Government is also giving funding to local authorities so that they can provide a 50% discount for 18 months for those businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for a year or more. This is available for businesses which move into empty premises between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2016. Full details can be obtained from the Council.


Small Business Rates Relief


For further information please go to the SBBR webpage


Charity & Registered Community Amateur Sports Club Relief


Charities and Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs 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.  The local authority has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.


Non-Profit Making Organisation Relief


The local authority has discretion to give relief to Non-Profit Making Organisations.


Rural Rate Relief


To qualify for the 50% mandatory rate relief, the property must:


  • Be within the boundaries of the designated rural area;
  • Be in a qualifying rural settlement of 3000 people or less.
  • Be the only general store, the only post office or a food shop and have a rateable value of less than £8,500, OR
  • Be the only public house of the only petrol station and have a rateable value of less than £12,500.
  • Be the only general store, the only post office, the only public house or the only petrol filling station in the settlement but not necessarily the only food shop.
  • The property has to be occupied.


An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge whilst the Council also has 

discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.


The Discretionary Scheme

The Council will be able to grant additional relief up to 100% to any:

Food shop

General store

Post office

Public house or

Petrol filling station that qualifies for mandatory rate relief.


In addition, the Council may also grant up to 100% discretionary rate relief to any rural business provided that: 


It is within the boundaries of a designated rural area and qualifying settlement;

It has a rateable value of not more than £16,500;

It is used for purposes which are of benefit to the local community; and

It is reasonable for the Council to make such a decision having regard to the interests of persons liable to pay council tax set by it.


Relief is not limited to any particular type of business.  It does not have to be the only such shop or business in the settlement.  For example, where there are two general stores, post offices, public houses or petrol filling stations, which would disqualify them both from mandatory relief, each could qualify for discretionary relief.

Authorities may consider applications for discretionary rate relief which are received during a financial year and up to six months after the end of that year.


Retail Relief


The government announced in the autumn statement on 5 December 2013 that it will provide a business rates discount of up to £1,000 to all occupied retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less in each of the years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. The relief will not continue for the 2016/17 financial year.


The council aims to identify qualifying retail properties and grant the discount automatically without the need for an application form. In the autumn statement on 3 December 2014 the government announced that it would increase the discount up to £1,500 for the 2015/16 year.


Please note that up until 30th September 2016, Retail relief can only be backdated to 1st April 2015.


Find out further information about business rates and retail relief.


Hardship Relief


The local authority has discretion to give relief in special circumstances.


Should you have any further queries or require an application form please click on the links below or contact Revenues and Benefits Services.




Business Rates Enquiries                                Revenues & Benefits                          
Telephone: (01902) 696669 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX


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