On these pages you will find information about how you can apply for reliefs, discounts or exemptions.
Discretionary rate relief scheme
The council recognises the importance of supporting local businesses and organisations to promote the provision of local facilities, inclusive growth, employment and investment to improve prosperity across the city and in particular support our most disadvantaged communities.
The principal consideration when making an award is that any relief granted is in the best interests of the residents and taxpayers of Salford and produces a local benefit. Thus, that an award is reflective of and complementary to, at least one of the council’s ‘Great Eight’ vision priorities. In addition, a recipient should support the council’s equality and cohesion ethos.
Small business rates relief
Small business rate relief is a discount for small businesses and other organisations.
Part-occupied property rate relief
You can sometimes get part-occupied property relief if you are temporarily not using part of a property included in the rating assessment.
Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties. After this period rates are payable in full.
Some unoccupied properties may be exempt from a charge, they are:
As property values often change between valuations, transitional arrangements are used to help phase the changes in.
After a valuation, the amount by which a bill can rise or decrease is limited. These limits continue to apply every year until the full amount is due (the rateable value times the multiplier).
Charity relief and community amateur sports clubs (CASC)
A property which is occupied by a registered charity and used for charitable purposes, automatically qualifies for a reduction of 80% of the rates bill.
This one-third discount for eligible retail businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000, up to state aid limits commenced 1 April 2019 and is to run for two years. The discount has been increased to a 50% discount running from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. The discount is applied to the bill after the application of any reliefs, excluding any local discounts.
Supporting small businesses
For those ratepayers facing large increases in their business rates bills as a result of the loss of small business rate relief. From 1 April 2017 the new Supporting Small Business Relief will ensure that the increase per year from 2017/18 for these ratepayers is limited to a percentage increase of 5% 7.5% 10% 15% for 2017/18 to 2021/22 (plus inflation) or limited to a cash value of £600 per year, whichever is the greater. This has been automatically applied to accounts affected.
Relief scheme for pubs
Provides a discount of £1,000 for pubs that have a rateable value below £100,000 for two years from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2019. This has been automatically applied to accounts which met the criteria.
Discretionary revaluation relief
The Government announced the establishment of a £300m discretionary fund over four years from 2017/18 to support those businesses that face the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation.
In order to be eligible for the relief:
The relief is aimed on small local businesses. To ensure that all the 2017/18 allocation for Salford was utilised for local business qualifying business didn’t face an increase in their 2017/18 bill.
For the following years qualifying businesses will receive the following relief:
Relief will end and be given pro-rata if a qualifying business no longer occupies the premises. This has been automatically applied to accounts which met the criteria.
This page was last updated on 28 February 2020