Business and investment Business rates 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.

If the property is empty you may be entitled to full rate relief on it, if it will be used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes when next in use

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 may be entitled to full rate relief on it, if it will be used by a CASC when next in use. Contact us if this applies to you.

Discretionary rate relief

We may be able to award discretionary rate relief either:

  • to top up any mandatory relief you get, or 
  • if you can’t get mandatory relief at all. 

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