Business rates discretionary relief consultation

Derbyshire Dales District Council is consulting on potential changes to its non domestic rates discretionary rate relief policy.  This consultation will end on 21 January 2018.

Business growth and job creation is the top priority for the Council, following extensive public consultation.  There is the opportunity to use discretionary rates relief to help create higher quality jobs.

The Council is proposing two new reliefs plus an additional measure to support cash machines in rural areas, and wants your views on these:

  • New business premises relief – this relief will ensure the occupiers of new business premises benefit from an adequate period of exemption.  The current relief is time limited, and at present some or all of this relief can be applied to the property developer rather than the new occupier
  • Rate relief to promote business growth – this relief would be available to support small and medium sized business enlarging existing premises or relocating to larger premises, within the Derbyshire Dales, to enable expansion and additional higher quality employment opportunities
  • Rural rate relief - the Council wishes to add the availability of free-to-use cash machines to the assessment criteria for granting rural rate relief.

In order to fund the proposed new reliefs, it will be necessary to reduce elements of some other discretionary reliefs from 1st April 2019, specifically discretionary rate relief for some charities and not-for-profit organisations.  The Council is considering options which range in impact and the number of rate payers affected, and wants your views on these options.  

Feedback from this consultation will be considered and a report made to Council.  If a revised policy is adopted by Council in or before March 2018, it would be effective at that time for new applications for discretionary relief.  Any changes to existing businesses currently in receipt of relief would only apply with effect from April 2019, i.e. a year’s notice of any changes would be given.

What is not affected by these proposals: 

Although taken into account, our policy would not specifically include the following temporary Government schemes:

  • Supporting Small Business relief (no local discretion)
  • Pub relief (no local discretion)
  • Revaluation temporary relief 

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