Exemptions and reliefs for business rates

Registered charities are entitled to an 80% reduction in their rates bill. There is also discretion to reduce the bill further or to waive it altogether.

Authorities also have the discretion to grant relief of up to 100% to certain other non-profit making bodies. The purposes of the organisation applying for the relief must be philanthropic, religious or concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature or the fine arts.

Registered community amateur sports clubs are also entitled to 80% mandatory rate relief on any non-domestic property that they occupy.

Please note, that it is the councils policy not to award the top up relief to organisations that qualify for 80% mandatory rate relief, except to charity shops selling donated goods and then for only their first 12 weeks of occupation.

From 1 April 2008, Empty properties owned by registered charities or community amateur sports clubs qualify for 100% rate relief whilst the property remains unoccupied and unfurnished.

Download the application form for charitable rate relief or discretionary rate relief.

If you have any questions concerning business rates you can contact the business rates team on 020 8770 5000 or you can email us on businessrates@sutton.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can write to us at London Borough of Sutton, NNDR Section, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA.