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 has 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 is £311,000.

The adoption of a local pdf icon Discretionary business rates revaluation policy [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 legal highs and similar 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 relief will be 57% 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.

Applying for the relief

We have contacted businesses we believe are eligible and invited them to apply for the relief.

You can also apply by filling in and returning our pdf icon Discretionary rate relief (revaluation) application form [196kb]

If you receive the relief, you will receive a revised bill showing their reduced business rates.

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