1. Overview

Some properties are eligible for discounts on their business rates. This is called ‘business rates relief’.

Rates relief is handled differently in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You have to apply for some types of relief:

Exempted buildings and empty buildings relief is automatically applied by your local council.

Some local councils give extra discounts. For example, you may be able to get hardship relief or transitional rate relief if your business meets certain criteria.

Contact your local council if you’re not getting a relief you think you’re entitled to.