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Business Rate Reliefs

This page provides information about Business Rates reductions that can be claimed. The page includes two downloadable forms in respect of mandatory and discretionary rate relief and small business rate relief.

Mandatory and discretionary rate relief

The following rate relief can be applied for with this form:

Mandatory and Discretionary Rate Relief (PDF Document, 80.77 Kb)

Unoccupied property rating

Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months for certain industrial properties. After this period, rates are payable in full unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government by order. In most cases, the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. In addition, there are a number of exemptions from the empty property rate. Full details on exemptions can be obtained from the business rates section at the Council. If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your bill.

Partly occupied property relief

A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. Where a property is partly occupied for a short time, the Council has discretion in certain cases to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part. Full details can be obtained from the business rates section at the Council.

Charity and registered community amateur sports club relief

Charities and registered community amateur sports clubs are entitled to 80 percent relief where the property is occupied by the charity or club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a registered community amateur sports club.

The Council has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. Full details can be obtained from the business rates section at the Council, download mandatory and discretionary rate relief application form.

Non-profit making organisation relief

The local authority has discretion to give relief to non-profit making organisations. Full details can be obtained from the business rates section at the Council, download mandatory and discretionary rate relief application form.

Hardship relief

The Council has discretion to give relief in special circumstances. Full details can be obtained from the business rates section at the Council.

Small business rate relief

This relief is only available to ratepayers who apply to the Council and who occupy either:

(a) one property; or

(b) one main property and other additional properties,

providing those additional properties each have a rateable value of less than £2,600.

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all properties mentioned in (b), must be under £18,000 on the day for which relief is being sought, and each intervening day. If the rateable value, or aggregate rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will cease from the day of the increase.

Ratepayers who satisfy these conditions will have the bill for their single or main property calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier rather than the ordinary non-domestic rating multiplier that is used to calculate the liability of other businesses.

In addition, if the single or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value of up to £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100 percent for a property with a rateable value of not more than £6,000.

If an application for relief is granted, provided the ratepayer's circumstances do not change, the application will not need to be renewed until the next revaluation of non-domestic premises, which happens every five years. Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to the Council by the ratepayer (other changes will be picked up by the Council). The changes which must be notified are:

  • the ratepayer taking up occupation of a property they did not occupy at the time of making their application for relief, and
  • an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of Oadby and Wigston.

Notification of these changes must be given to the Council within 4 weeks of the day after the day the change happened. If this happens, there will be no interruption to the ratepayer's entitlement to the relief. A notification that the ratepayer has taken up occupation of an additional property must be by way of a fresh application for relief; notice of an increase in rateable value must be given in writing.

Full details on the eligibility criteria and on how to apply for this relief are available from the business rates section at the Council, download a Single Business Rate Relief application.

Small Business Rate Relief (PDF Document, 46.57 Kb)

Retail relief


This relief allows up to £1000 for retail properties with a rateable value of under £50,000 may be awarded to most types of retail property, as well as restaurants, cafes and pubs, for 2014/15. Further information can be found on the attached guidelines. This relief will be added to your account where applicable.

Business Rates Retail Relief Scheme 2014/15 and 2015/16 (PDF Document, 70.9 Kb)


In 2015-16 The amount of relief is up to £1,500.

If it is not shown on your account and you think that you may qualify please contact us immediately.

50% discount for new occupiers of empty retail premises

New occupiers of retail premises that have been unoccupied for a year or more may receive a 50% discount for 18 months, up to state aid limits.

This is available for businesses which move into empty retail premises between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2016.

Please contact the Council for further details 0116 288 8961 option 3

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