National business rates reliefs

The government provides a range of support for businesses reducing the amount of business rates you need to pay. Some properties are eligible for discounts and these are called business rate reliefs.

If you think you are eligible, please apply online or contact us directly. We are aware that there are a number of agencies who will submit business rate relief applications on your behalf for a fee, however the council is keen to support businesses to submit applications directly and ensure you receive all of any discount you are entitled to.

Charities, CASCS and not for profit organisations
Part occupation relief
Reoccupation of empty listed buildings relief
Rural rate relief
Small business rates relief
Unoccupied property exemption

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We understand the importance support to local businesses and organisations plays in achieving the council's priorities, ensuring our communities and businesses are able to develop and thrive within the district.

Local business rates reliefs

Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 gives powers to local councils to grant discretionary business rate relief. Subsequent legislation in the Localism Act 2011 has extended these powers to allow wider granting of local discretionary relief.

Our new non-domestic discretionary rate relief policy identifies the different areas of support available to our businesses, and application forms for the differing relief types can be found below;

Charities, CASCS and not for profit organisations
Childcare support relief
Creation of high quality office space
Hardship relief
Investment in targeted growth areas
Mobile phone mast relief
Part occupation relief
Reoccupation of empty listed buildings relief
Retail rate relief
Rural rate relief
Town centre improvement relief

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Research company accelerates growth, supported by business rates relief

Since starting in 2010 Applied Insect Science (APIS) has grown rapidly and now employs ten staff, providing expertise in the bio-pesticides industry for clients across Europe. After reaching capacity at its previous site the company have recently relocated to Wath, near Ripon. The new location and premises will enable APIS to scale up and recruit further individuals into high-value scientific related jobs. On this basis, Alistair Forbes, SME Growth Manager for the Harrogate district, supported APIS in a successful application for discretionary business rate relief from Harrogate Borough Council.

Find out about other business support services in the Harrogate district.

Page last updated 24/04/2019