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Business rate relief and reductions

Business rate relief and reductions

Who can apply for charity rate relief?

Charities and registered community amateur sports clubs are entitled to 80 percent relief.  

How to apply

Use our mandatory charitable rate relief application form (PDF document) to apply for charitable rate relief.

What are De Minimis regulations?

Awards such as Retail Relief are required to comply with the EU law of State Aid. The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to 200,000 Euros ‘de minimis’ aid over a rolling 3 year period. For more details about De Minimis regulations and State Aid visit the Gov.uk website.

You must tell us if you have/had De Minimis aid

If you are receiving, or have received, any ‘de minimis’ aid during the current or 2 previous financial years you must let us know.

Contact us

You can email us at brates@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6000.

Who can apply for a discretionary rate relief?

We have the discretion to grant up to 20 percent relief for organisations receiving 80 percent mandatory relief. We also have the discretion to grant up to 100 percent relief to sporting, cultural and philanthropic organisations.

How to apply

Section 47 Relief

Section 47 allows the council to reduce the amount of rates payable. We will consider making a Section 47 award to applicants who meet the qualifying criteria as specified in the policy.

Which empty properties are exempt?

  • Empty properties are exempt from business rates for 3 months after they become vacant
  • Buildings with a rateable value under £2,600 are exempt from business rates until they become occupied again

As from 1 April 2017 this will change to under £2,900. 

Listed buildings

Listed buildings are exempt until they become occupied again.

Charities and sports clubs

Properties owned by charities are exempt if their next use is likely to be mainly for charitable purposes. Community amateur sports club buildings are exempt if their next use is likely to be mainly a sports club.

How to apply

Email brates@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6000 for more details.

Who can apply for financial hardship relief?

We offer financial hardship relief in cases of extreme hardship and businesses that are important to the community. 

How to apply

Email brates@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6000 for more details.

Full business rates apply

You are liable for the full business rates, whether a property is occupied or partly occupied. 

Discretionary discount

Where a property is partly occupied for a short time we have the discretion to award relief for the unoccupied part. This can be for a maximum of 3 months (or 6 months if an industrial building.)

How to apply

Email brates@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6000 for more details. 

Who can apply for small business rate relief?

Until 31 March 2017 eligible businesses with rateable values below £6,000 get 100 percent rate relief on their liability. This relief decreases on a sliding scale of 1 percent for every £60 of rateable value over £6,000, up to £11,999.  

Changes to small business rate relief from 1 April 2017

As from 1 April 2017 eligible businesses with a sole or main property that is shown on the rating list with a value that does not exceed £15,000, 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, they will receive a 100% reduction in their rates bill.

How to apply

Who can apply

The government has introduced a business rate relief of £1,000 for all occupied public houses with a rateable value below £100,000. The discount is available for 2017 and 2018 only.

How to apply

Complete the pub relief application form (PDF document).

For help with applying read the pub relief guidance notes (PDF document).

In the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced that the Government would establish a £300 million discretionary business rate relief fund nationally. It's payable over 4 years so that local authorities can devise local schemes to assist businesses that are facing rising bills as a result of a national revaluation of all business properties. 

The scheme will help businesses with a rateable value of less than £200,000 and facing an increase in Business rates of over 12.5% this financial year. The ratepayer must have been in occupation on 31 March 2017. Full details and our policy to follow shortly.

This is a new scheme of relief available to ratepayers facing large increases in their Business Rates charge as a result of the loss of some or all of their small business or rural rate relief following the revaluation of their business premises.

Some small businesses will potentially benefit from a cap on Business Rate increases. This Relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is the greater of:

  • A percentage increase p.a. of 5 percent, 7.5 percent, 10 percent, 15 percent and 15 percent (2017 and 2018 to 2021 and 2022) all plus inflation or
  • A cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month).

Read our supporting small business relief guidance notes (PDF document) to find out more

Contact Us

We've applied this relief to all businesses that we have identified meet the criteria taking into account State Aid rules.  

You can email us at brates@wokingham.gov.uk or call us on 0118 974 6000 if you believe you may be entitled to this relief.

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