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Business Rates reductions

Your business property may be entitled to an exemption from, or a reduction in your business rates

Small business rate relief

You can Apply Online for Small Business Rate Relief or use this form word icon Small Business Rates Relief Application Form [114kb]

Please note - we do not accept online applications from rating agents and all applications must either be signed or submitted by the ratepayer.

Relief is normally available at a rate of 50% for ratepayers who occupy a single business property with a rateable value of up to £6,000. Relief declines in percentage terms on a sliding scale down to 0% at £12,000. However, additional relief has been available since 1 October 2010 ,meaning that the relief will be 100% for properties up to and including £6,000 rateable value, with tapered relief of between 100% and 0% for properties with rateable values between £6,001 and £12,000.

To qualify for this relief one of the following must apply:

  • You occupy only one business property in England, and the rateable value of that property is less than £12,000. Since 2014/15 businesses in receipt of relief may keep it for one year if they take on an additional property that would previously have caused them to lose it, OR
  • You occupy a main property with a rateable value of less than £12,000 but also occupy other properties (including any car parking spaces) each with rateable values under £2,600, and the total rateable value of all them does not exceed £17,999. Relief can only be awarded on the property with the highest rateable value.

Relief can only be given on one property.

The scheme is funded through a supplement on the rate bills of those businesses not eligible for the relief i.e. their bill is based on the higher multiplier. Properties with rateable values between £12,000 and £17,999 (£25,499 in London) do not have to contribute towards the relief and will have their bills calculated using the lower multiplier.

Only one application needs to be made during the life of a five year Valuation List.

Please download an application form for the relief you wish to apply for, and complete and return it, along with any evidence as requested on the form, to Customer Services. Application forms can be found under 'Downloads' at the right-hand side of this page

Retail Relief Scheme

The retail relief scheme was introduced in 2014/15 as a two year only scheme, which ends on 31 March 2016.  Any ratepayers who received a reduction in 2014/15 and/or 2015/16 through this scheme will not do so in 2016/17.

Unoccupied property rating

Once a property becomes empty, the first three months are exempt from rating (six months in the case of an empty industrial property).Thereafter, the full 100% rates are payable. There are certain types of empty property where no rates are payable even after the three (or six) month period expires - examples include properties with a rateable value under £2,600 in 2011/12 (formerly £18,000), listed buildings, ancient monuments, those formerly occupied by companies in administration or a bankrupt person, properties owned by charities or community amateur sports clubs, those where occupation is prohibited by law and those where the owner is the personal representative of a deceased person. 

If you think your property qualifies for an exemption, please telephone Customer Services on 01756 700600, or email us at customerservices@cravendc.gov.uk with full details.

Charitable and discretionary relief

word icon Application for Mandatory and Discretionary Rate Relief [249kb]

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the full rate bill or of the transitional bill where the transitional arrangements apply. Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) 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 CASC.

Billing authorities have discretion to remit all or part of any rate bill in respect of the remaining 20% of a charity or CASC's bill on such property.

Authorities also have discretion to remit all or part of any rate bill in respect of property occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit.

Please download an application form for the relief you wish to apply for, and complete and return it, along with any evidence as requested on the form, to Customer Services.  Application forms can be found at the right-hand side of this page.

Rate relief for businesses in rural areas

word icon Application for Discretionary Rate Relief (Village Shops & Post Offices) [243kb]

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 as follows;

  • the sole general store or the sole post office in the village, provided it has a rateable value of up to £8,500;
  • any food shop with a rateable value of up to £8,500;
  • the sole pub or the sole petrol station in the village provided it has a rateable value of up to £12,500.

Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill on such properties.

The local council may decide to give up to 100% relief to any other business in such a rural village, with a rateable value of up to £16,500, if it is satisfied that the business is of benefit to the community and having regard to the interests of its council tax payers, who would have to contribute towards the cost of giving such relief.

Please download an application form for the relief you wish to apply for, and complete and return it, along with any evidence as requested on the form, to Customer Services.  Application forms can be found at the right-hand side of this page.

Transitional relief

After each revaluation there is a period of transition. No bill is allowed to increase or decrease by more than a set percentage. Any property with a large increase or decrease in its rateable value will therefore come under the transitional relief scheme, which has the effect of phasing the valuation in over a period of time. If transitional relief applies to your rates bill, it will be applied automatically.

Hardship relief

Where you are experiencing financial difficulties resulting in a situation of hardship, the Council has the discretion to reduce or remit payment of rates where it is:

  1. Satisfied the ratepayer would sustain hardship if it did not do so. Consideration will be given to employment issues for the business or any related business together with the impact that the loss of your business would have on the local area, and
  2. It is reasonable to do so having regard to the interest of the Council Tax payers

In order to assess the financial position of your business you will be required to provide the following:

  • your latest audited accounts or accounts accepted by HM Revenue and Customs together with any interim statements.
  • your last six months bank statements
  • a twelve month cash flow forecast which demonstrates the need for remission, and
  • a business plan which demonstrates an ability to overcome financial difficulties if your rates were reduced or remitted.

Please download an application form word icon Application for Hardship Relief [283kb] and complete and return it, along with any evidence requested, to Customer Services. 

Payment of rates cannot be withheld pending the outcome of any application for a reduction.