Business rates: Hardship relief

Councils can grant relief to a ratepayer who would suffer hardship by paying the whole of the business rates bill.

The Government only reimburses the Council with 75% of the relief granted in these circumstances, so a quarter of the cost falls directly on Council Tax payers. In the current economic climate, applications will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. 

We will usually only grant this relief if it can be shown that it is in the interests of the local council tax payers. 

How to apply

You can complete the application for Hardship relief.

Hardship relief application form (MS Word, 108KB)