Local discretionary revaluation relief scheme

If your business rates increased because of the 2017 revaluation, you can apply for local discretionary revaluation relief.

The government made available a discretionary fund of £300 million over four years from 1 April 2017 to help businesses facing the steepest increases in their bills because of the national revaluation of rateable values. The share for Rushmoor Borough Council for 2017/18 was £311,000, and for 2018/19 is £155,000, and for 2019/20 is £62,000.

The adoption of the pdf icon Rushmoor Discretionary Business Rates Scheme Policy 2019 [163kb] allows us to award relief to qualifying ratepayers.

Qualifying criteria

Support will be available (subject to state aid limits) to those ratepayers meeting all the following criteria:

  • The rateable value on the 1 April 2017 is less than £200,000
  • The increase in rates payable between 2016/17 and 2017/18 is greater than ten per cent
  • The premises relief is sought for is occupied
  • The ratepayer occupied the premises on 31 March 2017 and on 1 April 2017

When we will not grant relief

  • The ratepayer is entitled to mandatory relief or discretionary relief for non-profit organisations
  • The ratepayer is a precept authority. For example, Greater London authority, English county council or combined local authorities (including the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)
  • The ratepayer has taken up occupancy after 1 April 2017
  • The premises are one of the following:
  • Betting and gambling premises including casinos, bingo halls and amusement arcade
  • Pawnbrokers and payday lenders
  • Headshops or those selling drug paraphernalia
  • Private members' clubs, where membership is restricted

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications on a case-by-case basis where ratepayers fall outside the criteria but can demonstrate they are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to the revaluation on 1 April 2017.

Amount of relief

You will have to pay the first £600 of any increase before we award the relief. After that, the amount of the award is:

  • 2017/18 - 57% of the increase
  • 2018/19 - 18.5% of the increase
  • 2019/20 - 7% of the increase

The government announced the scheme in the spring 2017 budget. Our Cabinet approved the policy at its meeting on 19 September 2017 and amended it on 6 March 2018.

Our Cabinet approved the scheme for 2018/19 on 24 July 2018, and amended it on 28 May 2019.

The Cabinet approved the 2019/20 at its meeting of 28 May 2019.

Applying for the relief

We contacted businesses we believed were eligible and invited them to apply for the relief in 2017/18.

For 2018/19 and 2019/20, we have awarded relief to eligible businesses that qualified in 2017/18, and continue to be eligible, and have issued them with a revised bill.

You can also apply by filling in and returning our pdf icon Discretionary rate relief (revaluation) application form [392kb]


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