PLEASE NOTE: Rates relief for small businesses in Wales will be increased between 1 October 2010 and 31 March 2016. See the link at the bottom of the page for further information.
With effect from the 1st of April 2010 ratepayers may apply for the following Rates Reliefs. Please contact the Council's Rates office for details of how to apply.
Most Business Premises
50% relief for those with a rateable value up to £2,400; 25% relief for those with a rateable value between £2,401 and £7,800.
100% relief for premises with rateable value up to £9,000, and 50% for premises with rateable value between £9,001 and £12,000 which are used, or part of which is used, for the purposes of a post office business.
Child Care Premises (until 31 March 2016)
50% relief for premises with a rateable value up to £12,000 which are wholly used for childminding or the provision of day care and are registered under Part XA of the Children Act 1989.
Retail Premises (until 31 March 2015)
25% relief for premises with a rateable value between £7,801 and £11,000 which are used wholly or mainly for the sale of goods, which includes:
(a) the sale of meals, refreshments or intoxicating liquor for consumption on or off the premises on which they are sold or prepared;
(b) petrol or other automotive fuels for fuelling motor vehicles intended or adapted for use on roads.
Note: Retail businesses occupying more than one property in Wales with a rateable value between these thresholds will only be eligible for relief on one property, which they will choose.
The billing authorities have discretion to provide relief in respect of all or part of the remaining 50% or 75% in some of the above cases.
Credit Unions (until 31 March 2016)
50% relief for premises with a rateable value up to £9,000 which are wholly occupied by a credit union registered in accordance with the Credit Unions Act 1979.
The Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Relief) (Wales) Order 2008
The Order provides the statutory framework for the provision of rates relief for small businesses in Wales. This relief is applied to rates bills by local authorities and is funded by the Assembly Government. If you believe that you may be eligible for this relief, or have any enquiries, please contact the Business Rates Unit on 01492 576609, which is responsible for determining your eligibility for relief.
This relief is granted as de minimis aid in line with Commission Regulation (EC) no.1998/2006 of 15th December 2006. There is currently a ceiling of 200,000 Euros (around £160,000) on the total de minimis aid that can be granted to any one organization from all public sources over a three year period. If you consider that you have already received in excess of, or close to, this sum over the past three years, please contact your local authority. Any de minimis aid awarded to you under this scheme should be declared if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other public funding operated as de minimis aid.
Notes: All business properties must be wholly occupied to qualify for relief.
- Properties not eligible for relief include: those occupied by a council, police authority or the Crown; those occupied by charities, registered clubs, or not-for-profit bodies whose main objectives are philanthropic, religious, concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature or the fine arts; beach huts; property which is used exclusively for the display of advertisements, parking of motor vehicles, sewage works or electronic communications apparatus.