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Business Rates relief for 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, 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 or a period of five years and you must make a new application at the end of the period.

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property used wholly, or mainly, for charitable purposes. We allow relief at 80 per cent 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 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 we award Mandatory Relief automatically if you meet certain conditions. Our Assistant Director Finance, in accordance with our agreed guidelines, will consider discretionary applications.

Apply for discretionary relief from Business Rates:

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

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