Business rates relief

Last updated: 20 December 2018


If you pay business rates, your property may be eligible for business rates relief. These discounts only apply to your business rates bill and won't directly reduce your rent, water charges or other bills.

Rates relief is handled differently in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you think you may be eligible for any discounts on your bill, such as the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you can discuss eligibility free of charge with your local council. Applications for all reliefs are free and straightforward. Be wary of anyone who proposes to apply on your behalf for a fee.

Your local council will automatically apply some reliefs, but you might need to complete an application form for other reliefs.

You have to apply for the following discounts:

Some local councils provide an additional hardship relief if your business meets certain criteria. Contact your local council to find out more. You should also contact them if you're not getting any reliefs you think you're entitled to, if your circumstances change or the property changes hands.

You won't need to apply for reliefs on your business rates bill if your bill is already zero, although you may need to reapply from time to time to ensure you are getting the correct relief.

Use our business rates calculator to estimate your business rates bill.


On 1 April 2019 Scottish Government will introduce a 100% relief for new fibre broadband infrastructure. This relief will last for 10 years.

Business rates relief