Skip to content

We use cookies to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies

Close alert
Services in Christchurch

Business rates relief

COVID-19: The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. 

You may qualify for a discount on your business rates under certain circumstances, some examples are:

  • the property is unoccupied
  • is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes
  • it is the sole business supplying a rural area

We also have discretion to give relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. We can also consider giving rate relief in cases of hardship or where part of a property is beyond use for a certain period.

See detailed information about business rates relief:  https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief

To apply for business rates relief

Contact your business rates office shown on your business rates bill for an application form.  

Additional support for business ratepayers

Spring budget 2017

This budget announced a number of measures, which affect Non Domestic Rate bills. These are listed below: 

Supporting small businesses 
This relief will help those ratepayers who as a result of the change in their rateable value are losing some or all of their small business or rural rate relief and, as a result, are facing large increases in their bills. This relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is limited to the greater of: 

  • a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month). This cash minimum increase ensures that those ratepayers currently paying nothing or very small amounts are brought into paying something, or  
  • the matching cap on increases for small properties (with a rateable value of £20,000 or less) in the transitional relief scheme

Discretionary Relief Scheme
Local Authorities in England will be given a share of a £300m discretionary rate relief hardship fund to target individual hardship cases in their local areas. The £300m will cover the four years from 2017/18: 

  • £175m in 2017/18 
  • £85m in 2018/19 
  • £35m in 2019/20 
  • £5m in 2020/21 

Pub Relief 
Pubs with a rateable value up to £100,000 will be able to claim a £1,000 business rates discount for the years 2017/18 and 2018/19. 

Relief for local newspapers 
Office space occupied by local newspapers can have relief up to £1,500 a year for 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. 

Autumn budget 2018

This Budget announced a number of measures, which affect Non Domestic Rate bills. These are listed below: 

Retail Relief 
Provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. The bill will be reduced by a third after all other relief has been taken into account.

Autumn budget 2019

Retail Relief 
Provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 the bill will now be reduced by half for 2020/21 after all other relief has been taken into account.

Pub Relief 
Pubs with a rateable value up to £100,000 will be able to claim a £1,000 business rates discount for the years 2020/21

Relief for local newspapers 
Office space occupied by local newspapers can have relief up to £1,500 a year until 31 March 2025. 

How to apply

Where possible, amended bills will automatically be issued based upon the information that is currently held in the business rate system. 

If you think you are eligible and have not received an amended bill, call us on 01202 634233.

Your feedback

This form is for reporting incorrect website content, technical issues, or general website feedback.

Contact us if you want to get in touch about a council service instead.

All fields are required.

Leave your email address so that we can provide a response.

This helps us direct your feedback to the appropriate council.