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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

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

  • 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.