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Business Rate Relief: Non-Profit Making Organisations

We have discretion to grant rate relief to organisations that are not established or conducted for profit. To be eligible for consideration, the property must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • charitable
  • philanthropic
  • religious
  • concerned with education
  • social welfare
  • science
  • literature
  • fine arts
  • wholly or mainly for recreation by a not-for-profit club or society.

Under this scheme relief is awarded for a period of five years and a new application must be made at the end of the period.

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is allowed at 80 per cent of the full rate bill (or transitional bill where transitional arrangements apply).

We have discretion to allow relief on all or part of the remaining 20 per cent of a charity's bill on such a property. Similar arrangements apply to Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs.

Applications are required for both types of relief though Mandatory Relief will be awarded automatically if certain conditions are met. Discretionary applications will be considered by the Council's Director of Finance in accordance with the Council's agreed guidelines.

To apply for discretionary relief from business rates

Non-Domestic Rate Relief for charities and not for profit organisations (PDF: 75Kb / 8 pages)

For further information

  • Contact: Local Taxation Team, Revenues and Benefits Service
  • Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith CA11 7QF
  • Telephone: 01768 212220 / 212232
  • Email: brates@eden.gov.uk
  • Fax: 01768 890470
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 5.15pm, Friday 8.45am 4.45pm
    (please note that we open at 10am on the second Wednesday of each month to allow for staff training)