Help and discounts for business rates

Small businesses, charities, retail properties and pubs can get discounts on their business rates bills.

Help for small businesses

You could get Small Business Rate Relief if your business property's rateable value is less than £15,000.

Help for charities

You'll usually get an automatic 80% discount on your business rates bill if your business property is used as a charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club.

You can also print and fill in our charity relief form (PDF 55KB) to apply for for a 100% discount, but we can't always do this due to limited funds.

Send your completed form to:

Business rates
Brighton & Hove City Council
PO box 2929
BN1 1PS

Help for retail properties from April 2019

From 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2021, you'll usually get an automatic 33% discount on your business rates bill if your business property is used primarily for retail.

Your property needs to be in use and have a rateable value of less than £51,000 for this discount.

Retail properties include:

  • shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • drinking venues

You can find more information on retail discount on the GOV.UK website.

Help for pubs

If your business property is a pub with a rateable value less than £100,000, you'll get an automatic £1,000 discount on your business rates bill.

This discount is only available until 31 March 2019.