Registered charities may apply for business rate relief, which reduces their rate liability by 80%. To apply simply complete the charitable relief application form available online or by contacting Revenue Services.
Registered charities may also apply for relief on the remaining 20% of their liability by indicating on the application form that they wish to apply for discretionary relief. To be considered you'll need to enclose copies of the charity's audited accounts and balance sheets for the last two years. These documents will be returned to you after the application has been considered.
Some organisations may apply for discretionary rate relief if the organisation is not officially established or was set up as not-for-profit and is either:
- an institution or organisation whose main objectives are charitable or philanthropic, religious, or concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature or the fine arts.
- a club, society or other organisation, and the property is used wholly or mainly for the purpose of recreation.
To apply, complete the charitable relief application form available online or by contacting Revenue Services, and enclose copies of the charity's audited account and balance sheets for the last two years.
If you're a first time applicant you'll also need to enclose a copy of the memorandum and articles of association or rules of the organisation. These documents will be returned to you after the application has been considered.
Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) are eligible for rate relief. To qualify as a CASC, a sports club must:
- be open to the whole community
- be run as an amateur club
- be a non-profit organisation
- aim to provide facilities for, and encourage people to take part in, eligible sports.
If you're a sports club which has not registered as a CASC and are interested in the registration process, please visit the GOV.UK website or call the HMRC charities helpline on 0300 123 1073.