Business Rates relief for non-profit making organisations

We have discretion to grant rates relief to organisations that are not established or conducted for profit. To be eligible for consideration, you must use the property 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, we award relief for a period of five years. You must make a new application at the end of the period.

Entitlement to charities for relief from rates is on any non-domestic property used wholly, or mainly, for charitable purposes. We allow relief at 80% of the full rates bill (or transitional bill where transitional arrangements apply).

We have discretion to allow relief on all or part of the remaining 20% of a charity's bill on such a property. Similar arrangements apply to registered community amateur sports clubs.

We need applications for both types of relief, though we award Mandatory Relief if you meet certain conditions. Our Assistant Director Finance, under our agreed guidelines, will consider discretionary applications.

Apply for discretionary relief from Business Rates

Non-Domestic Rates Relief for charities and not for profit organisations (PDF: 203Kb / 8 pages)

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 April, 2024.