Flood Related Business Rate Queries
Will my business qualify for a reduction in Rates?
Any business premises affected by flood damage to such an extent
that the premises are no longer occupied may qualify for an
exemption, 100% relief, from business rates for a period of up to 3
months from the date of the flood except if already unoccupied.
After the 3-month period rates will be charged at 100% unless the
property is exempt e.g. Listed building, (NB. Industrial property
will be exempt for 6 months), or has a rateable value of less
than 2,600 or until such a time as the property is re-occupied.
Please note following a change in legislation the above
rateable value amount of 2,200 has been increased to 15,000 for
2009/2010, 18,000 for 2010/2011 and then back down to 2,600
from 01 April 2011.
What if I continue to trade despite the damage?
Initially, we are not able at this time to grant an exemption or
relief to all businesses affected by flooding but you may be able
to have your rateable value reduced. If your business suffers
financial difficulties because of the flooding we may be able to
offer hardship relief on a case-by-case basis.
Can I have my rateable value reduced?
If you believe that the rateable value of your property should
be reduced you should discuss this with the Valuation Office. Their
general advice is that while flooding will not automatically mean a
reduction, individual circumstances will apply and you should
contact them as quickly as possible.
Valuation Office Agency,
Block A Government Buildings,
Worcester, WR5 2LB.
Telephone 03000 507600
Is there any more help available?
If only part of your business is affected by flooding you may be
able to qualify for a reduction. Where a property can be only
partially occupied Malvern Hills District Council can ask
the Valuation Office to split the rateable value between the
occupied and unoccupied parts. Rates are due in full on the
occupied part and the unoccupied part would be subject to
a nil charge for a period of 3/6 months maximum depending on
the type of premises. More information on part occupied relief is
available by contacting us.
If your business is experiencing financial difficulties because
of the flooding Malvern Hills District Council may be
able to offer hardship relief on your rates bill. This could be
available to the extent of a full remission of your rates bill
while your business is affected by the flooding. The business would
have to demonstrate that they would sustain hardship if relief
wasn’t granted and cases would have to be considered on a case by
For more information please contact:
South Worcestershire Revenues and Benefits Shared Services
P.O. Box 11, Pershore WR10 1PU
Telephone: 01905 822755 - between 9am - 5pm Monday -