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Reduce your business rates

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you're liable for business rates on 1 property, you may be able to reduce your business rates. Ring us for more information or to apply for any of the reductions listed below.

To apply for reduced business rates, call 01706 926170

Big business rates savings of up to 80% in town centres

To help boost business and create more vibrant town centres, we’re offering businesses opening in selected empty units across Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton town centres a massive 80% off their business rates in their first year of trading, followed by 50% off in year 2 and 30% off in year 3.​


Charities which use premises for charitable purposes are entitled to 80% mandatory relief from rates. This includes charity shops, provided that the goods sold are wholly or mainly donated. 

Discretionary relief to 'not for profit' organisations

We may grant discretionary relief to sports and recreational clubs and organisations not established or conducted for profit. We consider each application on its own merits but our policy prescribes general levels of relief to ensure consistency. 

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

Sports clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) with HM Revenue and Customs qualify for 80% mandatory relief. We also operate a local scheme to award a 20% top-up discretionary relief meaning no rates are payable. To apply for this you'll need to send us proof of registration as a CASC. Registering as a Community Amateur Sports Club.

Extension to Transitional Relief

We have discretion to give relief on small properties (with a rateable value of less than £18,000) that would otherwise face bill increases above 15%, and medium sized properties (with a rateable value of £50,000 or less) that would otherwise face bill increases above 25% will benefit. The relief will operate between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017.

Part Occupied Relief

We have discretion to give relief to a business that is partially occupying a property for a short period of time (no more than 6 months), typically as part of a phased move in or phased move out. The amount of relief that can be granted will be determined by the Valuation Office Agency, who will assign a rateable value to the unoccupied element of the property.

Hardship relief

We have discretion to give relief in special circumstances but we only consider applications for hardship relief in exceptional circumstances, for example, from ratepayers whose business, if it was to cease trading, would have a detrimental effect on the local community. This is because part of this relief would be paid for by local Council Tax payers. Before we consider granting this relief, you must  write to us giving reasons why we should grant relief, together with copies of the business's audited accounts for the past 2 years.

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01706 926170

Business Rates Team
Resources Directorate
Revenues and Benefits
PO Box 490
Rochdale OL16 9AJ