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Business rates - reliefs

Charitable and Discretionary Relief
Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes.

Relief is given at 80 per cent of the bill. Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

Authorities also have discretion to give relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies.

They can also consider giving rate relief in cases of hardship or where part of a property is beyond use for a certain period.


Hardship Relief
The local authority has discretion to give relief in special circumstances. Full details can be obtained from Chiltern District Council.


Rate Relief for businesses in rural areas
Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to relief. The property must be the only general store, the only post office or a food shop and have a rateable value of less than £8,500, or the only public house or the only petrol station and have a rateable value of less that £12,500. The property has to be occupied. An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge whilst the local authority also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

In addition, the local authority can give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement where the rateable value is less that £16,500.

Full details can be obtained from Chiltern District Council by email at revenue@chiltern.gov.uk.