Back

Business rates relief

What you will need to complete this form

Discretionary Relief

Read more information

Empty Property

Read more information

Mandatory Charitable Relief

Read more information

Small Business Rates

Read more information

Other important information

This form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Discretionary 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

Read more information

Empty Property

Business Rates are not charged if the property is empty and:

  • It is a small property with a rateable value of less than £2,900
  • A 'Listed Building' 

Read more information

Mandatory Charitable Relief

Absence from the Charity Commissioners register does not necessarily mean that an organisation is not a charity. The following organisations are exempt from registration.

  • The Church Commissioners and any institution administered by them
  • Any registered society within the meaning of the Friendly Society Acts 1896-1974
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Associations
  • Voluntary schools within the meaning of the Education Acts 1944-1980 and having no permanent endowment other than the school premises

Relief can be granted to charity shops, however the charity will only qualify for relief if:

  • the shop sells wholly or mainly donated goods; and
  • the proceeds are used for the purpose of the charity

Read more information

Small Business Rates

Small Business Rate Relief is not available if:

  • A mandatory relief (for example, Charitable Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief
  • Unoccupied properties (which are eligible for Empty Rate Relief).

Read more information

Customer and Business Details

Important Information

This form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Discretionary 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

Read more information

Empty Property

Business Rates are not charged if the property is empty and:

  • It is a small property with a rateable value of less than £2,900
  • A 'Listed Building' 

Read more information

Mandatory Charitable Relief

Absence from the Charity Commissioners register does not necessarily mean that an organisation is not a charity. The following organisations are exempt from registration.

  • The Church Commissioners and any institution administered by them
  • Any registered society within the meaning of the Friendly Society Acts 1896-1974
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Associations
  • Voluntary schools within the meaning of the Education Acts 1944-1980 and having no permanent endowment other than the school premises

Relief can be granted to charity shops, however the charity will only qualify for relief if:

  • the shop sells wholly or mainly donated goods; and
  • the proceeds are used for the purpose of the charity

Read more information

Small Business Rates

Small Business Rate Relief is not available if:

  • A mandatory relief (for example, Charitable Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief
  • Unoccupied properties (which are eligible for Empty Rate Relief).

Read more information