Consultation outcome

Business Rates Improvement Relief: Draft regulations

Applies to England

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Following the business rates review, which during 2020 and 2021 considered reforms to business rates, the government announced that we would be introducing a new business rates improvement relief scheme providing 12 months relief for qualifying improvements to a property. The Non-Domestic Rating Act 2023 provided the powers for this relief.

We consulted upon draft regulations to implement the relief during the summer of 2023.  The summary of responses and the government’s response explains the views expressed during the consultation and the response of the government.  We have alongside this publication laid the final regulations which will implement the relief scheme.

Original consultation


A consultation on draft regulations to implement the government’s Business Rates Improvement Relief Scheme.

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Consultation description

Improvement Relief will support businesses wishing to invest in their property. It will ensure that no ratepayer will face higher business rates bills for 12 months as a result of qualifying improvements to a property they occupy. The Non-Domestic Rating Bill currently before Parliament contains powers to allow for the Improvement Relief Scheme.

This consultation seeks views on the draft regulations the government proposes to make under the powers in that Bill


Published 5 June 2023
Last updated 14 December 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added summary of responses and government response.

  2. First published.