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Mandatory (charitable) business rates relief

Where a property is occupied by a charity and wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes, there is an entitlement to 80% mandatory rate relief.

To qualify for the relief, the organisation will normally have to be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. However, some organisations that are exempt from registration qualify for mandatory rate relief. These include: 

  • Scout/Girl Guide groups
  • Voluntary Aided schools
  • Societies registered under the Friendly Societies Act

 To apply for mandatory rate relief, please complete the application form.

What to do while waiting for a decision 

You should continue to pay your rate liability in line with your current bill until you are notified of the decision reached.

It may be necessary for a visit to be made to the property before a decision can be made.

When a decision is made

If we award the relief, you will be issued with a revised bill and new payment instructions. This will take account of any payments you have already made.

If we do not award the relief, we will write to you with details of the reason why you do not qualify for the relief.


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