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Discretionary Rate Relief

Use this to find details on partly occupied properties, hardship relief and newly built properties within the Black Country Enterprise Zone. Also new reliefs from 1 April 2017.

View the New Reliefs 2017 information.

Partly occupied property

Section 44A of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 provides councils with the discretion to grant relief where part of a property is unoccupied for a short time only. The council has guidelines laid down for the granting of this relief. Further details regarding this relief and how to apply are contained in the word icon NNDR Discretionary Relief (Partly Occupied) Policy [27kb]

This relief applies to temporary changes only, as permanent changes should result in a change in the actual rateable value in the local rating list.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, relief will only be considered from the date the application is received.

How to Apply

If you think this might apply to you.

  • Please provide details including the date of vacation or part occupation of the relevant part or parts of the property
  • The reason for the vacation or part occupation
  • Plans of the property marking out the empty part
  • An appropriate contact name and telephone number so an internal inspection of the premises can be arranged.

please  put your request for relief in writing to the Revenues and Benefits Service.

Hardship Relief

Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 provides councils with discretion to grant rate relief where a business is suffering hardship. The amount of any relief awarded can reduce or remit the full business rates charge on both occupied and unoccupied properties. Further details regarding this relief and how to apply are contained in the word icon NNDR Discretionary Relief (Hardship) Policy [18kb]

How to Apply

If you think this might apply to you please put your request for relief in writing to the Revenues and Benefits Service.

Newly Built properties in the Enterprise Zone

Businesses occupying newly built non-domestic properties within the City of Wolverhampton, that are part of the Black Country Enterprise Zone, can apply for up to 100% relief subject to state aid limits. To qualify the property must be completed and occupied between 1 February 2015 and 31 March 2018. Further details are contained in the Policy  pdf icon here [45kb]

How to Apply

If you think this might apply to you please put your request for relief in writing to the Revenues and Benefits Service.