Find out if you qualify for a bill reduction

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.

Find out more about discretionary rate relief scheme

Small business rates relief

Small business rate relief is a discount for small businesses and other organisations.

Find out more about small business rate relief

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.

Find out more about part-occupied property rate relief

Unoccupied relief

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:

  • Properties with a rateable value less than £2,900, effective from 1 April 2017
  • Occupation prohibited by law
  • Vacant due to action taken on behalf of the Crown
  • Listed buildings
  • Ancient monuments
  • The ratepayer is a charity and the property’s next use will be wholly or mainly for charitable purposes
  • Owner is entitled to possession only in his capacity as personal representative of a deceased person
  • Insolvency and debt administration
    • Bankruptcy order in respect of the ratepayer or their estate
  • The ratepayer is a company in administration, in liquidation, or subject to winding-up order
  • The ratepayer is the ratepayer because they are a trustee under a deed of arrangement

Find out more about unoccupied relief

Transitional relief

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.

Find out more about charity and CASC relief

Retail discount

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.

Apply for retail discount

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 rateable value of the premises must be less than £100,000
  • The ratepayer must be in occupation of the premises on 1 April 2017 and have been in continuous occupation of the property from or prior to 31 March 2017.
  • Have an increase in their rates bill from 2016/17 to 2017/18.

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:

  • 2018/19 £420
  • 2019/20 £175
  • 2020/21 £24

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

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