Business rates reductions

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) - updated Thursday 24 February 2022

On 25 March 2021, the government announced a new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion to support businesses affected by the pandemic but not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.

To find out if your business is eligible and apply visit our CARF page. 

There are several business rate reductions (reliefs) that you may be eligible for.

For free information or advice contact the team on 0121 704 8154.

Nursery Discount - updated Thursday 24 February 2022

The Nursery Discount 2021 for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 was 100% (uncapped). For the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 it was 66%, with a cash cap of £105,000.

This scheme has not been extended into the financial year 2022/23.

Extension of Transitional Relief and Supporting Small Business

As property values often change between valuations, transitional arrangements are used to help phase the changes in. These limit the amount by which a bill can rise or fall and apply every year until the full amount is due (the rateable value times the multiplier).

The current scheme was due to end on 31 March 2022, meaning that a small number of ratepayers would have faced a jump to their full rates bill from 1 April 2022. However, at the Budget on 27 October 2021 the government announced that it would extend the current transitional relief scheme and the supporting small business scheme for one year to the end of the current revaluation cycle. The scheme will restrict increases in bills to 15% for businesses with small properties (up to and including £20,000 rateable value) and 25% for medium properties (up to and including £100,000 rateable value).

This policy does not apply to those in downward transition to lower bills - they will fall to their full bill on 1 April 2022.

Details of the relief to be provided to eligible ratepayers will be shown on their bills for the 2022/23 financial year.

Full details of the scheme can be found on the GOV.UK website or in our policy for 2022/2023

Unoccupied properties

In general, there will be no business rates to pay for the first 3 months a property is empty.

Industrial buildings will not have to pay for the first 6 months a property is empty.

After the free period ends, the full amount becomes payable. Please note that the period begins from when the property became empty, and is unaffected by a change of ratepayer.

Listed buildings and small properties (those with a rateable value of less than £2,900) pay no business rates until they are reoccupied.

Partly occupied property relief

A ratepayer is liable for full business rates whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. However, where a property is partly occupied for a short time we have discretion in certain cases to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part.

To apply you will need to supply us with:

  • a letter explaining the changes, including the date of when your property became or will become partly occupied
  • a floor plan that identifies the unoccupied area

Hardship relief

We may be able to provide hardship relief if you are experiencing hardship and your business is of importance to the local community.