Business rates are similar to council tax, they go towards paying for local services. If you run a business, you’ll have to pay business rates. The amount you have to pay is worked out by the business property’s value and the year’s rate multiplier. Small businesses can claim a rate discount
Discretionary rate relief policy - alignment across BCP Council
Local businesses are encouraged to have their say on the proposed new discretionary business rate relief policy for the BCP area. The policy aims to align the three existing schemes, targeting support for organisations which make maximum contribution towards the community and reflecting the current business rates landscape.
We are required to operate a single discretionary rate relief policy, which must be in place before April 2021. The proposed scheme will continue to support the vast majority of current recipients, however there will be a discretionary clause to allow us to provide relief to any organisation adversely affected.
Following consultation, a full report on the findings and outcomes of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet to ensure a single policy is agreed before October 2021.
Find out more about the proposal and have your say before the deadline on Friday 9 October 2020.
Chancellor Announcement made on 17 March 2020
Businesses that are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors
Shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant - and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector – will pay no business rates for 12 months.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will have access to a cash grant of up to £25,000 per business.
Local newspaper offices
Public lavatories relief
Administration of these announcements
Businesses in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole will pay Business Rates to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. Select the area where your business is based to find out more about your Business Rates or to pay.