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Discretionary Rate Relief

Businesses In Colchester Borough can apply for Discretionary Rate Relief if they are:

  • A Registered Charity
  • A Community Amateur Sports Club
  • An organisation which supports the strategic aims of the Council
  • Experiencing financial hardship
  • Supplementary business rate relief scheme

Discretionary relief is awarded based on a business meeting the criteria set out within thepdf icon Discretionary Rate Relief Policy. [324kb]

Supplementary Business Rates Relief Scheme

At the Spring Budget the Chancellor announced a package of support for ratepayers following the 2017 business rate revaluation.

The package of support comprises of three schemes: one that caps the annual bill increase for any ratepayer losing Small Business Relief or Rural Rate Relief as a result of the revaluation to £600; a second that provides a fund for local authorities to distribute over four years to help hard-pressed businesses facing higher rates bills; and a third that gives £1,000 discount to all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000.


Apply for Discretionary Rate Relief or Supplementary Business Rate Relief

Apply Online - Business Rates Relief form This link opens in a new browser window

Please note that all discretionary relief is subject to the 'De minimis' rule under state aid.

It is the business's responsibility to inform the Council if they are in receipt of Government aid through other sources.