Rates exemptions charity info

Which non-domestic properties are rateable

Some non-domestic properties are not rateable, notably:

  • farmland buildings
  • churches
  • sewers
  • public parks
  • certain properties used for the disabled


Unoccupied property rating

If you own or lease a property, which is not being used and is empty of all furniture, you will be entitled to a 3 months void period. For industrial properties, the void period is 6 months. Please notify the Business Rate Office immediately if your property becomes empty.

View information on exempted buildings and empty buildings relief

Charity information 

Charities are entitled to relief from rating on any non-domestic property, which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the full rate bill or of the transitional bill where transitional arrangements apply.

Discretionary Rate Relief

Authorities also have discretion to remit all or part of any rate bill in respect of property occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit.

  • to apply, please contact the Business Rate office on 020 8708 4357 or by post:

Business Rates
Lynton House
255- 259 High Road
Ilford Essex
IG1 1NY 


Business rates relief

Small business rate relief

View information on small business rate relief 

Download the small business rate relief application form (PDF 76KB)

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