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Charities and Other Non - Profit Making Organisations


Charities are entitled to mandatory relief of 80% of the full rate bill (or of the transitional bill where such arrangements apply) on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes.

Billing authorities have discretion to award further relief to cover the remaining 20% of the bill.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

These are also eligible for mandatory relief.

With effect from 1 April 2008, empty properties under the responsibility of a registered charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club may benefit from 100% relief.

Bodies not established or conducted for profit

Billing authorities can award relief of up to 100% to non-profitmaking bodies whose main objects are charitable or otherwise philanthropic or religious, or are concerned with social welfare, education, science, literature, the fine arts or recreation.

The power is discretionary and can therefore be limited by other factors, notably the budget and funds available for this purpose

The City Council recognises the valuable role that voluntary organisations can and do play in the life of the community. The City Council is committed to providing high quality services to Birmingham’s ratepayers and acknowledges the way voluntary groups can complement these services.

To claim either discretionary or mandatory relief, please complete the form below and return to address on the formAppeals in relation to discretionary relief under Section 47

Your application will be assessed carefully against the criteria set out in our policy on this relief. We will then write to you with our decision. If we award relief we will issue you with a new bill. If we do not grant relief we will write to you to explain why. If you think our decision is wrong you should first look again at our policy to make sure you meet the criteria. If you still think our decision is wrong you should e-mail or write to the Business Rates Team within one month of the decision letter explaining why you believe you meet the criteria and providing additional evidence where appropriate.

A panel of officers independent of the initial assessment process will review your application thoroughly together with any further information provided in or with your appeal letter. It can decide to:

  • uphold the original decision
  • award additional relief
  • award less relief

We will write to you with the outcome normally within 7 days of our decision. There is no further right of appeal against a decision of the panel.