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Business Rate Relief
Some organisations may receive a discount on their business rates. This is called business rate relief because it provides relief from the total amount that would otherwise be payable.
Some relief schemes are determined by the Government and have to be applied in the same way across all local councils in the country. This includes small business rates relief, empty property relief and mandatory relief for registered charities and community amateur sports clubs.
Local councils can also set out their own policy for giving relief on business rates in addition to those set by the Government. This is called ‘discretionary relief’. Haringey has two discretionary policies.
- Haringey Council's Discretionary Business Rates Relief Policy (PDF, 452KB). This includes additional relief for some voluntary and community sector organisations, relief for occupants of new office and workspace, and relief for some meanwhile activities.
- Haringey Council's Business Rates Relief Revaluation Support Policy (PDF, 333KB). This is specific to small, medium-sized and independent businesses facing increases in their business rate bills as a result of the national revaluation, which took effect from 1 April 2017. Government has allocated Haringey £2.08 million of extra funding which will be used to lessen the impact of increases for eligible businesses under the local scheme. The local scheme includes a 42% discount on the increase generated by the 2017 rates revaluation.
The seven sections below summarise and set out how to apply for the various relief schemes available to organisations occupying premises in Haringey.
- Relief for voluntary and community sector organisations
- Relief for small businesses
- Relief for occupants of new office and workspace
- Relief for businesses temporarily occupying and using a space whilst a new development project is being completed (meanwhile activities)
- Relief for empty properties
- Exempted buildings
- Discretionary business rates relief - revaluation support
Please note, sections 1 - 6 require an application while section 7 is applied automatically for eligible businesses.
All local councils must give 80% business rates relief to registered charities and community amateur sports clubs (known as mandatory relief). Haringey Council also uses its discretion to offer additional relief to voluntary and community sector organisations (VCOs) in the following circumstances:
- 100% relief is offered to:
- Youth centres
- Voluntary aided schools
- Counselling centres
- On a case by case basis, we offer 100% relief to VCOs that are funded by Haringey Council (council funding includes grants, contracts and discounted rent on community buildings). The case by case judgement is based on whether the VCO brings significant social value to residents and whether the additional relief offered directly supports the activity that the council is funding the VCO to deliver
- 80% relief is offered to:
- Charity offices
- Ethnic and community centres
- Religious organisations
- Schools (private) and academies
- Sports clubs and associations
- Theatre, arts and cultural groups
- Charity shops that are reinvesting all of their profits into local social causes
- Employment and skills support services
- Organisations that promote health and wellbeing for local residents and a clean local environment
- Organisations that work with groups of residents who are vulnerable or have additional needs e.g. working with those with special educational needs and disabilities, isolated individuals and children whose welfare is at risk
- Children’s playgroups
Discretionary relief is open to a broad range of VCO legal entities (eg registered charities, not for profit, community interest companies, social enterprises, and community amateur sports clubs). All VCOs applying for discretionary relief now have to provide information on how they provide social value and benefits to residents and the local area.
To find out more about Haringey Council’s eligibility criteria for discretionary relief for VCOs please see Business Rates relief for voluntary and community sector organisations (PDF, 409KB).
If you are a VCO occupying premises in Haringey and believe that you are eligible for mandatory or/and discretionary relief, please download and complete the application form and return it with all accompanying documents to the address at the end of the form.
You can get small business rate relief if the property you occupy has a rateable value of less than £15,000:
- If the property your business occupies has a rateable value of £12,000 or less you can apply to receive a 100% discount on business rates
- If the property your business occupies has a rateable value of between £12,001-£14,999 a phased percentage-based discount may apply
- Businesses with more than one property are only eligible for small business rate relief if their additional properties all have rateable values of under £2,900 and the total rateable value of all their properties does not exceed £28,000.
If you are a business occupying premises in Haringey and believe that you are eligible for small business rates relief, please download and complete the form and return it with all accompanying documents to the address at the end of the form.
- Small Business Rate Relief application form (Word, 285KB)
- Small Business Rate Relief application form (PDF, 154KB)
Businesses that occupy new office and workspace in Haringey will now be able to apply for 30% relief on their business rates, lasting 3 consecutive years. The relief scheme will apply to businesses that occupy:
- Newly built office and workspace put on the market for sale or rent for the first time
- New office and workspace created from converting underused warehouses or storage premises, and put on the market for sale or rent for the first time
To find out more about Haringey Council’s eligibility criteria for discretionary relief for new office and workspace please see Business Rates Relief for new office or workspace (PDF, 394KB).
If you are a business occupying new or recently converted office and workspace in Haringey and believe that you are eligible for discretionary relief, please download and complete the form and return it with all accompanying documents to the address at the end of the form.
- New Office or Workspace application form (Word, 43KB)
- New Office or Workspace application form (PDF, 111KB)
4. Relief for businesses temporarily occupying and using a space whilst a new development project is being completed (meanwhile activities)
When a new development project gets underway (e.g. the construction or renovation of a building or new public space) there may be opportunities for businesses to temporarily use the site whilst it is still lying vacant or during the period that it is being developed. This is known as a ‘meanwhile activity’. Business initiatives that temporarily use development sites in this way could include ‘pop-up’ market stalls, street food, art exhibitions, performances and events.
The council will use its discretion to consider offering relief on business rates to organisations that are temporarily using a space to provide meanwhile activity. Decisions on offering relief will be made on a case by case basis, judged on assessing the benefits that the meanwhile activity can bring to residents and the local area and the financial case for offering relief.
To find out more about Haringey Council’s eligibility criteria for discretionary relief Meanwhile Activities (PDF, 394KB).
If you are a business looking to temporarily use a premise in Haringey for meanwhile activities and believe that you may be eligible for discretionary relief, please download and complete the form and return it with all accompanying documents to the address at the end of the form.
- Meanwhile Activities application form (Word, 47KB)
- Meanwhile Activities application form (PDF, 119KB)
You don’t have to pay business rates on empty buildings for 3 months. After this time, most businesses must pay full business rates. Some properties can get extended empty property relief:
- industrial premises (eg warehouses) are exempt for a further 3 months
- listed buildings - until they’re reoccupied
- buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 - until they’re reoccupied
- properties owned by charities - only if the property’s next use will be mostly for charitable purposes
- community amateur sports clubs buildings - only if the next use will be mostly as a sports club
If you are responsible for premises in Haringey and believe that you are eligible for empty property relief, please contact the council for further information as to what you will be required to provide.
Certain properties are fully exempt from business rates. Exemptions include:
- agricultural land and buildings, including fish farms
- buildings used for training or welfare of disabled people
- buildings registered for public religious worship or church halls
If you are occupying premises in Haringey and believe that the property is fully exempt from business rates, please contact the council for further information as to what you will be required to provide.
The discretionary relief - revaluation support scheme distributes Haringey's £2.08 million allocation of Government funding across local businesses facing an increase in their business rates bills. Local use of this provision is focused on small, medium-sized and independent businesses rather than multinational and large national businesses with high turnovers who are financially more able to pay increased rates.
The key aspects of the scheme are:
- the allocation of discretionary relief to rate payers with an increase of £500 or more (after all other applicable reliefs have been applied)
- an automatic 42% discount in 2017/18 on the monetary increase in rates to affected businesses
- premises occupied by multinational and national chain companies
- excepted hereditaments within the meaning of s47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and wider public sector premises
- businesses not located in the borough for the duration of 2016/17 and/or businesses that have left the borough since April 2017
- premises with rateable values in excess of £200,000
To find out more about Haringey Council's eligibility criteria for this discretionary relief (including exclusions) please see our revaluation support policy.
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