Additional rate reliefs 2017 and 2018

We have the power to grant local discounts if it's in the interests of local council tax payers.

The rateable values of all non-domestic properties are reassessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) normally every five years. The 2017 revaluation came into effect from 1 April 2017. 

In the spring budget the government announced the following three measures to help reduce the impact of business rate increases from April 2017:  

  • supporting small businesses
  • new business rate relief scheme for pubs
  • new discretionary relief scheme

Supporting small businesses

The supporting small businesses relief will help those ratepayers who, as a result of the change in their rateable value at the revaluation, are losing some or all of their small business rate relief and, as a result, are facing large increases in their bills from 1 April 2017. This rate relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is limited to whichever is greater:

  • a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month). This cash minimum increase ensures that those ratepayers currently paying nothing or very small amounts are brought into paying something, or
  • the matching cap on increases for small properties in the transitional relief scheme (Year 1 5%, Year 2 7.5%, Year 3 10%, Year 4 15% and year 5 15% + Inflation)

Read full details of the scheme.

Supporting public houses

This relief applies for 2017/18 and 2018/19 only to occupied properties. Eligible properties with a rateable value of less than £100,000 will receive up to £1,000 discount.

Your licensed premises must be open to the general public without requiring membership or residency, allow free entry, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be consumed in person at the bar without relying on table service.

It excludes the following:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • nightclubs
  • hotels
  • snack bars
  • guesthouses
  • boarding houses
  • sports venues
  • music venues
  • festival sites
  • theatres
  • museums
  • exhibition halls
  • cinemas
  • concert halls
  • casinos

This relief is subject to state aid limits. Please read the section below on state aid.

Read full details of the scheme.

To apply for this this relief contact the business rates helpline on 01242 264255.

Revaluation discretionary relief

The government has provided funding to local authorities to help support those facing the steepest increases in their business rates. Cheltenham Borough Council has received £271,000 for 2017/18 and £132,000 for 2018/19 . A scheme has been designed for both years to provide relief to small local businesses with a rateable value of less than £200,000.

Read the full scheme details.

We are sending revised bills showing this relief to some businesses we think will qualify.

Application forms including a state aid declaration are being issued to businesses we think are likely to meet the criteria.

If you have any queries regarding business rates relief please call our helpline on 01242 264255 or email:

Visit the GOV.UK website for more detail on the measures announced in the spring budget 2017

State aid

The award of any additional rate relief outlined on this page must comply with EU law on state aid.  Businesses applying for, or in receipt of, relief must tell us if they have received any other state aid that exceeds, in total, €200,000 in a 3 year period, under the De Minimus Regulations EC 1407/2013. The total amount of state aid received includes any other discretionary business rates reliefs being granted in respect of all properties for which the business is responsible.

Further information on state aid law can be found on the GOV.UK website.