Important 2020/21 billing update
At the Budget on 3rd March 2021, the Government announced that there would be an extension of the existing 100% Business rates relief for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses for the three months from April to June 2021.
There will also be a new 66% relief for eligible businesses in the same sectors as above from July 2021 to March 2022, capped at £2m per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5th January 2021 and £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.
Following a Government request in advance of the budget, Harrow Council will not be issuing its annual Business Rates bills until after 20th March this year.
If you pay business rates you may be eligible for a business rate relief or exemption. Below is a list of the available reliefs and exemptions, followed by the application forms.
Small business rate relief
If your rateable value is between £1 and £24599, and you only occupy one main commercial property in England and Wales, you may qualify for small business rate relief.
Find out more about small business rate relief.
Supporting small business relief
This relief supports small business who have received large increases in the Business Rates after losing small business relief. Find out more about supporting small business relief.
Relief for charitable organisations
Charities, or trustees of a charity, may be entitled to apply for an 80% reduction in their business rates. The reduction depends on the property being occupied either wholly or mainly for the charity's purposes. To qualify the organisation will normally have to be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission or comply with the objectives of a charitable organisation.
Other types of organisations that may qualify are:
- Voluntary Aided schools
- Girl Guide and Boy Scout groups
- Societies registered under the Friendly Societies Act
Community Amateur Sports Clubs that are registered with the Inland Revenue as a (CASC) are entitled to apply for an 80% reduction in their business rates.
Discretionary rate relief
The council has the discretion to award additional relief to charities and non-profit making organisations. For further details see the Discretionary rate relief policy document.
Hardship relief supports businesses who are going through financial hardship. For further details see the Business rates hardship relief policy document.
This relief has now been extended to 100% relief and to include properties with a Rateable value over £51,000 and different types of businesses. You can view the new policy for 2020-21.
If you think you may qualify, please submit an application to us now. Note this level of relief and extended types of property is currently set for 2020-21 only and will end on 31st March 2021.
You do not need to apply if you are already receiving retail relief (please check your Business Rates bill if you are unsure), as this will be automatically updated and a new bill has now been issued. If you have overpaid and are now in credit you can claim a refund.
Find out more about business rates retail relief.
Harrow's local discretionary revaluation support scheme
Harrow's local discretionary revaluation support scheme supports businesses facing the steepest increases in their bills after the 2017 revaluation. Find out more about the local discretionary revaluation support scheme.
Relief for occupied pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000. For further details see the pub relief scheme policy document.
This has now been increased to provide for up to £5000 relief from your Business Rates bill.
You do not need to apply if you are already receiving pub relief (please check your Business Rates bill if you are unsure), as this will be automatically updated and a new bill issued.
If you think you may qualify, please submit an application to us now.
Note this level of relief is currently set for 2020-21 only and will end on 31st March 2021.
Empty property exemptions
If your business is currently closed due to the Coronavirus, your premises will still be treated as occupied and with rates payable (subject to entitlement to any other reductions or reliefs) unless you have removed all stock from shops or paperwork etc from offices.
Please see our Coronavirus page before contacting us about an exemption.
If you do state that your business premises are empty, please provide evidence to support this, as we are currently unable to carry out property inspections.
If your property is empty you may be eligible for an empty property exemption. Find out more about empty property exemptions.
Nursery relief from 1st April 2020
A new 100% business rates relief has been announced which will be awarded to those properties where it is
- the property used is occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register; and
- wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We have now proactively awarded those cases identified and new bills have been issued. If you believe you may qualify please submit a request now by uploading a letter explaining how you believe you meet the above criteria and any supporting documents using our evidence upload form.
To apply you will need to:
- Download and complete the appropriate form
- Scan the completed form and relevant documents using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone.
- Send the scanned/pictured image to your computer eg by email or text
- Attach the image and answer the questions on the evidence form
- Small business rate relief application
- Relief for charitable organisations application
- Discretionary rate relief application
- Business rates hardship relief application
- Retail relief application
- Local discretionary revaluation support scheme
- Pub relief application
- Empty property exemption application