Paying less business rates

2021/22 Business Rates Relief updates

The government's Budget announcement on 3 March 2021 included support for businesses most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic through business rate reliefs.

Eligible properties within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive expanded retail relief for 2021/22. Government guidance has been provided and will be used to determine eligibility.

For 2021/22 expanded retail discount will be:

  • 100% relief for three months only, from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021, and
  • 66% relief for the remaining period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

There is no rateable value limit, but from 1 July 2021 the amount of retail relief will be cash capped at £105,000 per business, or up to £2 million per business where the business occupies premises required to close on 5 January 2021.

Rate relief for Ofsted registered nurseries for 2021/22 will be :

  • 100% relief for three months only, from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021, and
  • 66% relief for the remaining period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

There is no rateable value limit, but from 1 July 2021 the amount of nursery relief will be cash capped at £105,000 per business across all premises.

The expanded retail rate relief has been automatically applied to accounts where it is clear that the business will not exceed the cash caps. If the relief has been awarded it is important to let us know using our opt-out form if you will exceed the cash caps or wish to opt out of receiving this relief for 2021/22 . Further information on cash caps is available on the government website.

You can opt-out and refuse the expanded retail relief and the nursery discount for each eligible hereditament anytime up to 30 April 2022. If you opt-out you cannot change your mind and there will be no entitlement for these reliefs for 2021/22.

Opt out of retail rate relief

If you are not in receipt of the retail rate relief and believe you are eligible please make an online application.

Apply for expanded rate relief discount

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

Contact us

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 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
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
Rural rate relief
Town centre improvement relief

Business rates enquiries

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.