What are business rates?
Anyone who occupies a non-domestic building in England and Wales has to pay a tax for local services. The amount you pay depends on factors like the rateable value of the property.
If you make improvements to the club, your business rates might go up. You can check gov.uk to see your building’s current rateable value.
Discretionary rate relief
Local authorities sometimes give business rate relief to certain types of organisations. If your club is not-for-profit, it may be worth checking to see if there is a discretionary rate relief in your area. Contact your local County Sports Partnership for more information.
Small business rate relief
If you own a property with a rateable value under £15,000 you might be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief.
Up to £12,000, the relief is 100%. Above that it works on a sliding scale down to 0%.
If you’ve recently deregistered as a Community Amateur Sports Club, this could be especially useful. Go to gov.uk for the latest information about eligibility.
Your ability to pay rates
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) guidance says that your club’s rateable value must reflect your ability to pay. If you think your valuation isn’t correct, it’s worth checking the guidance and challenging the decision.