We may also be able to top up discounts so you do not have to pay business rates. This is called 'discretionary relief'.

Charities and sports clubs

Charities and sports clubs may be able to ‘top up’ their charitable relief to 100% of the rates due.

Non-profit organisations

Discretionary relief of up to 100% may also be offered to other non-profit organisations if they can demonstrate the value they bring to the community. Each case is considered on its own merits, and we will ask for information to support this.

Unoccupied property

In certain cases, we can award discretionary relief for partly unoccupied properties.

How we decide

Our policy sets out how we decide on the amount of discretionary relief we will award.

Download the Discretionary Rate Relief Policy

How to apply

To apply for discretionary relief you'll need to complete an application form.

Download the Discretionary relief application form.

De Minimis State Aid - Declaration of other discretionary relief

Discretionary Relief awards are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid (De Minimis State Aid). 

If you have received any other discretionary relief we need a declaration from you that it does not exceed €200,000 (the De Minimis level set out in the relevant EU Regulations). 

Download the De Minimis declaration form.

Refusing relief after it's been granted

If you wish to refuse the discretionary relief that has been granted for a property you'll need to advise the Council of your decision in writing. The relief will be removed and you won't need to complete the declaration.

Contact the Business Rates Team

Please include the topic of enquiry and your account number (if you have one) in the subject line of your email.

Address: Town Hall
St Aldate's

Telephone: 01865 249811

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