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Occupied business premise reliefs

You may be able to reduce the amount of business rates you have to pay if you are entitled to rate relief. Some are available nationally and others are set by Haringey.

Choose a relief from the list below for information about it and details on how to apply:

Small Business Rate Relief

You may 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 percentage-based discount worked out on a sliding scale may apply- for example, if the rateable value is £13,500 the discount would be 50% of the full rates

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.

Apply for Small Business Rate Relief

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Retail Discount

From 1 April 2019, the government introduced a new discount for occupied retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000. The discount is available until 31 March 2021. It applies to shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Properties which are used for financial or professional services do not qualify for the relief.

Haringey have awarded the relief for any businesses which qualify. If you believe you are entitled to the reduction but it is not shown on your bill use our contact form (select the Retail Relief option) to request it.

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Relief for charitable, voluntary and community sector organisations

If your organisation is a registered charity, community amateur sports association or is recognised as a charity for UK tax purposes you may be entitled to 80% relief on your business rates bill.

The property must be used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes. If it is a charity shop, it must sell mainly donated goods.

If your organisation is not a registered charity, Haringey Council may use 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 - eg working with those with special educational needs and disabilities, isolated individuals and children whose welfare is at risk
  • Children’s playgroups

All organisations applying for discretionary relief must provide information on how they provide social value and benefits to residents and the local area. This includes registered charities which are applying for an additional 20% discretionary relief.

To find out more about Haringey Council’s eligibility criteria for discretionary relief for VCOs see Business Rates relief for voluntary and community sector organisations (PDF, 409KB).

Charitable relief application form

Voluntary and Community Sector application form

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Relief for occupants of new office and workspace

Businesses that occupy new office and workspace in Haringey will now be able to apply for 30% relief on their business rates, lasting three 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).

To apply: download, complete and return the form to business.rates@haringey.gov.uk with all requested documents.

New office and workspace application form

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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 such as 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).

Meanwhile Activities application form

To apply: download, complete and return the form to business.rates@haringey.gov.uk with all requested documents.

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Supporting Small Businesses

This relief was introduced by the Government in April 2017 to help ratepayers who no longer qualified for small business rate relief following revaluation.

It limits the amount that your bill may increase by each year to the higher of 5% or £600.

This relief is calculated automatically so you do not need to apply for it.

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Revaluation Support

This is a discretionary scheme fully funded by the government to support businesses which faced higher rate bills following the general revaluation in 2017.

To find out more about Haringey Council's eligibility criteria for this discretionary relief (including exclusions) see our Business Rates Relief Revaluation Support Policy (PDF, 333KB).

You do not need to apply for this relief - it will be awarded and show on your bill if you qualify.

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Page last updated:

July 5, 2021