Reduction and exemptions

With effect from 1st April 2017 ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value which does not exceed £50,999 (and who are not entitled to other mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates) will have their bills calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier, rather than the national non-domestic rating multiplier.

In addition, generally, if the sole or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value which does not exceed £15,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100%. For a property with a rateable value of not more than £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a 100% reduction in their rates bill.

Generally, this percentage reduction (relief) is only available to ratepayers who occupy either -

(a) one property, or

(b) one main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,899.

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all the properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed £19,999 outside London or £27,999 in London on each day for which relief is being sought. If the rateable value, or aggregate rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will cease from the day of the increase.

The Government has introduced additional support to small businesses. For those businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief, the Government has confirmed that they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

If you feel that you meet the eligibility criteria and you are not already in receipt of relief, click on the link below to apply for small business rates relief.

Provided you continue to satisfy the conditions for relief which apply at the relevant time as regards the property and the ratepayer, you will automatically continue to receive relief in each new valuation period.

Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to Gedling Borough Council by a ratepayer who is in receipt of relief (other changes will be picked up by Gedling Borough Council).

The changes which should be notified are -

  • the ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property, and
  • an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of Gedling Borough Council.

Apply for small business rates relief

‌Charities are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the charity and is wholly or mainly used for the charitable purposes of the charity (or of that and other charities).

If you are a registered charity, simply inform the Council when you notify us that you are taking occupation of a property and your 80% relief will be automatically applied to your account.

Gedling Borough Council has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. If you wish to apply for discretionary charitable relief, please click on the link below:

Charitable relief application form

Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the club and is wholly or mainly used for the purposes of the club (or of that and other clubs).

If you are a registered community amateur sports club, simply inform the Council when you notify us that you are taking occupation of a property and your 80% relief will be automatically applied to your account.

Gedling Borough Council has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. If you wish to apply for discretionary relief, please click on the link below:

Communtiy Amateur Sports Club

Gedling Borough Council has a discretionary power to give relief up to a maximum of 100% in respect of property occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit.  Each individual case will be judged on its own merits.

To apply for this discretionary relief, please click on the link below:

Not for Profit Organisations

You can find out about all reliefs available to businesses by visiting the Government's Business Rates Relief Overview pages which has details on a number of reliefs including;

  • Hardship relief
  • Rural rate relief
  • Transitional relief

If you wish to apply for any reliefs not listed then please contact our offices on 0115 901 3946 or email businessrates@gedling.gov.uk