Business Rates Reductions

High Street Relief and Retail Relief 2019/2020

Welsh Government to Extend High Street Rate Relief Scheme for 2019/2020. Details of the announcement of the extension are on the link below:

Written Statement - Extension high street rates relief scheme 2019-20

Small Business Rate Relief in Wales

A new permanent scheme came into force on 1 April 2018. The Welsh Government provides non-domestic rates relief to eligible small businesses.

  • eligible business premises with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will receive 100% relief; and
  • those with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000 will receive relief on a tapered basis from 100% to zero

The following types of business will continue to get relief as follows:

Registered Childcare Premises

The small business rates relief scheme for the childcare providers will be enhanced to provide 100% relief to all registered childcare providers in Wales, this higher level of relief will start on 1 April 2019, it will be in place for three years to 31 March 2022, during which time it will be evaluated to assess its effect.

Post Offices

  • Post offices with a rateable value up to £9,000 receive 100% relief
  • Post offices with a rateable value between £9,001 and £12,000 receive 50% relief

Multiple Occupation Limit

Where a ratepayer is liable for more than two properties on a single local non-domestic rating list (“local list”), and those properties meet only the rateable value conditions, the ratepayer will only receive relief for a maximum of two such properties.

Empty or Partly occupied properties/Exempt Properties

RATES RELIEF FOR EMPTY PROPERTIES

Empty business properties are exempt from paying business rates for 3 months after the property becomes vacant. There are additional exemptions for certain types of properties under a set rateable value. These include:

  • industrial premises, such as warehouses, which are exempt for a further 3 months
  • listed buildings which are exempt until they become occupied again
  • buildings with a rateable value under £2,600 which are exempt until they become occupied again
  • properties owned by charities, which are exempt if the property's next use is likely to be wholly or mainly for charitable purposes
  • community amateur sports club buildings which are exempt if their next use is likely to be wholly or mainly for a sports club
  • a business whose owner is a company which is subject to a winding-up order made under the Insolvency Act 1986 or which is being wound up voluntarily under that Act
  • a business whose owner is a company in administration within the meaning of paragraph 1 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 or is subject to an administration order made under the former administration provisions within the meaning of article 3 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2003.
  • a business whose owner is entitled to possession only in his or her capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person.

 After the exemption period ends, you will be liable for the full business rate bill.

You should notify your local authority when your property becomes vacant and also when it becomes re-occupied.

RATE RELIEF FOR PART OCCUPIED PROPERTIES (SECTION 44A)

Where it appears to the authority that part of a property is unoccupied and will remain so for a short period, then the authority can ask the Valuation Office for an apportionment of the rateable value and therefore charge rates on the occupied part. It should be noted that the unoccupied part may still be liable to an empty rate charge.

If you require any further informaiton please do not hesitate to contact the Business Rate Section on 01495 355212

Further information

If you require any further information about rate relief for small businesses, please contact us. 

Contact Information

The Business Rates Section
Telephone Number: 01495 355212
Address: Business Rates Section, Municipal Buildings, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, Gwent NP23 6XB
Email Address: nndr@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk