Registered charities are entitled to an 80% reduction of their bill. It is also possible in some circumstances to reduce the bill further or to waive it altogether.

We can grant relief of up to 100% to certain other non-profit making bodies. To apply, the organisation must be: 

  • philanthropic 
  • religious
  • concerned with:
    • education 
    • social welfare 
    • science 
    • literature
    • the fine arts

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

Top up relief

We don’t award the top up relief to organisations that qualify for 80% mandatory rate relief.  

The only exception is charity shops selling donated goods. They are eligible for their first 12 weeks of occupation.

Empty properties 

Empty properties owned by registered charities or community amateur sports clubs qualify for 100% rate relief. This only applies whilst the property remains unoccupied and unfurnished.

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

You can post the form to: 

Revenues Section
Resources Group
Civic Offices
St Nicholas Way