Manchester City Council

Business & investment Relief and exemptions

Mandatory rate relief for registered charities and sports clubs

Registered charities

Registered charities using non-domestic properties for the main purpose or objective of the charity can claim 80 per cent relief from the business rates charge if:

  • a registered charity or trustees for a registered charity occupies the property, and
  • the property is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes.

How to apply

Download a mandatory rate relief claim form. Return completed forms to: Business Rates Service, PO Box 3, Manchester, M15 5BA or fax: 0161 274 7215.

If the property is empty you can still claim rate relief if, when next in use, the property will be used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes. There is full relief for empty properties in this situation. Make a claim using the mandatory rate relief form.

Sports clubs

Sports clubs can claim 80 per cent relief by applying for Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status. You can do this through HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

If the property is empty you can still claim rate relief if, when next in use, it will be used by a CASC. There is full relief for an empty property in this situation. Contact us if this applies to you.

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