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Business Rates

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

Chancellor Announcement made on 17 March 2020

Businesses that are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief

  • Businesses receiving Small Business Rates Relief will now get a grant of £10,000 (was previously announced as £3,000).

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

  • The £1,500 business rates discount for office space used by local newspapers in England will be extended for an additional five years until 31 March 2025. 

 Public lavatories relief

  • 100% business rates relief for stand alone public lavatories in England from April 2020. 

Administration of these announcements

  • The Council are awaiting clear and detailed instructions from the Government following their announcement. When these are known further information will be posted here. 

Useful links

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.