Charitable and Discretionary Rate Relief
Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) are entitled to 80% mandatory relief where the property is occupied by the charity or a CASC. Braintree District Council has discretion to give further discretionary relief up to 100% to non-profit making organisations and clubs. Discretionary Rate Relief will be reviewed for 2023/2024. You can find out how to apply online.
Supporting Small Business Relief
Supporting Small Business Relief (SSB) was introduced by Central Government with the aim to help those ratepayers who, as a result of the 2017 Revaluation lost some or all of their small business or rural rate reliefs. The scheme has been in operation for five years and will extend to 2022/2023.
Rural Rate Relief
You could get rural rate relief if your business is in a rural settlement area with a population below 3,000.
You will not pay business rates if your business is in an eligible area and either:
- the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
- the only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500.
Rating of Unoccupied Non-Domestic Properties
The unoccupied exemption applies to the property, not the liable person/company.
The owner of a non-domestic property becomes liable to unoccupied rates when the whole hereditament has been unoccupied for a continuous period of 3 months, or in the case of industrial property, 6 months.
If you become liable for a property which was previously unoccupied for 2 months, you will only be eligible for 1 further month exemption if the property remains unoccupied. A change of ownership
will not give rise to a new period of exemption and the unoccupied charge is currently 100% of the occupied charge.
There are some exemptions from the unoccupied rate. You can view the full list.