Some properties are eligible for discounts from the local council on their business rates. This is called business rates relief.
- Local discretionary business rate relief scheme (pdf 164 kb)
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
You won’t pay business rates on a property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.
For properties with a rateable value of £12,001 to £15,000, the rate of relief is reduced on a sliding scale from 100% to 0%.
Rural business 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:
- is in a place on our rural settlement list
- is the only business of that type in the settlement
- has a rateable value of £8,500 or less (£12,500 or less for public houses and petrol filling stations).
Charitable rate relief
Charities, not-for-profit organisations and community amateur sports clubs can apply for charitable rate relief of up to 80% if a property is used for charitable purposes.
In some cases we may increase this discount to 100%, this is called discretionary relief.
Certain properties are exempt from business rates.
You may not have to pay business rates on:
- agricultural land and buildings, including fish farms
- buildings used for training or welfare of disabled people
- buildings registered for public religious worship or church halls
Part-occupied properties relief
If your business only uses part of a property, you may be able to get a discount.
The Valuation Office will work out the rateable values of the occupied and unoccupied parts.
You will then pay full rates on the occupied part, but only 50% of the rates due for the unoccupied part.
This reduction is for a maximum of 3 months, unless a part of the property has a rateable value of less than £2,600, in which case you will continue to receive the discount until the end of the financial year.
You may have to pay the full amount of business rates on empty non-domestic properties.
The charge begins after the property has been empty for 6 months for industrial properties, and 3 months for all other types of property.
Some properties can get extended empty property relief:
- industrial premises (eg warehouses) are exempt for a further 3 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
Havant Borough Council occasionally reduces a bill because of hardship.
When deciding on this, we will consider things such as the benefits the business provides to the local community and its profitability.
The government has a transitional relief scheme which limits the increase of business rates between the two valuation lists over a number of years until the full amount is charged.
This scheme is automatic you do not need to make a claim.