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If you're liable for business rates on 1 property, you may be able to reduce your business rates. Ring us for more information or to apply for any of the reductions listed below.
Big business rates savings of up to 80% in town centres
To help boost business and create more vibrant town centres, we’re offering businesses opening in selected empty units across Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton town centres a massive 80% off their business rates in their first year of trading, followed by 50% off in year 2 and 30% off in year 3.
Charities which use premises for charitable purposes are entitled to 80% mandatory relief from rates. This includes charity shops, provided that the goods sold are wholly or mainly donated.
Discretionary relief to 'not for profit' organisations
We may grant discretionary relief to sports and recreational clubs and organisations not established or conducted for profit. We consider each application on its own merits but our policy prescribes general levels of relief to ensure consistency.
Community Amateur Sports Clubs
Sports clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) with HM Revenue and Customs qualify for 80% mandatory relief. It may be possible to award a 20% top-up discretionary relief in some cases. To apply for this you'll need to send us proof of registration as a CASC.
Registering as a Community Amateur Sports Club.
The government introduced a transitional relief scheme effective from 1 April 2017 which applies to the bills of all properties affected by the 2017 revaluation. Transitional relief limits the percentage your business rates bill can increase or decrease each year following revaluation. Changes to valuation of the property after revaluation are not usually covered by the transitional arrangements. The transitional relief will apply each year until the full amount is due and your bill reaches what your full bill should be. The scheme applies transitional relief to small properties (with a rateable value of less than £20,000) that would otherwise face bill increases above 15% and to medium sized properties (with a rateable value of between £20,000 and £100,000) that would otherwise face bill increases above 25%. The relief is applied automatically to all affected bills from 1 April 2017.
Part Occupied Relief
We have discretion to give relief to a business that is partially occupying a property for a short period of time (no more than 6 months), typically as part of a phased move in or phased move out. The amount of relief that can be granted will be determined by the Valuation Office Agency, who will assign a rateable value to the unoccupied element of the property.
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