Local business owners may qualify for a reduction in their business rates. There are two types of relief available: mandatory and discretionary.

You are entitled to 'mandatory relief' if you are a registered charity occupying a non-domestic property. We can award additional relief to charities and non-profit organisations known as 'discretionary relief'.

For more information you can read the discretionary rates relief policy.

Discretionary rates relief policy

For advice on eligibility or application forms please contact:


Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I get relief if I am a small business?
  2. Can I get relief if I am a charity and/or non-profit making organisation?
  3. Can I get relief for my unoccupied property?
  4. Can I get relief as I provide facilities, accommodation or services for disabled people?
  5. How can I find out if my property should be exempt from rates?
  6. Can I get relief if my business is experiencing hardship?
  7. Can I get relief if my property is partly unoccupied?
  8. Can I get relief as my property is in a rural settlement?
  9. Can I get relief on my sports club property?
  10. Can I get relief as my business produces renewable energy?

Can I get relief if I am a small business?

Your business may qualify for relief depending on the rateable value (valuation) of your property or properties.

Combined rateable value of all businesses' properties in Scotland % relief
Up to £10,000 100%
£10,001 to £12,000 50%
£12,001 to £18,000 25%
Upper limit for cumulative RV* 25%

*If a business has two or more properties with a cumulative rateable value of under £35,000, they can qualify for relief at 25% on individual properties with a rateable value of £18,000 or less.

To apply, please complete a small business bonus scheme application form (PDF, 145KB). You won’t need to reapply each year but we will regularly review your circumstances to ensure you are still entitled to relief. If your circumstances change, you have a duty to let us know.


Can I get relief if I am a charity and/or non-profit making organisation?

Discretionary relief may be awarded to registered charities who already receive mandatory relief. Discretionary relief may be awarded to non-profit organisations that are not registered charities if their main aims are:

  • Charitable
  • Philanthropic
  • Religious
  • Or concerned with education, social welfare, science, literature, or the fine arts

To apply, please complete a Mandatory and discretionary relief form (PDF, 78KB).


Can I get relief for my unoccupied property?

If your property is an Industrial property and unoccupied, we can award 100% relief for the first 6 months that it is empty then 10% relief for the rest of the time the property is empty.

For Non-industrial properties 50% relief is given for the first 3 months that the property is empty then 10% relief is given. 

You can apply by completing an empty relief application form (PDF, 114KB).


Can I get relief as I provide facilities, accommodation or services for disabled people?

If you get up to 100% relief if your property is used for the care or after care of people suffering from a disability.

To be eligible, the property is must used for one or more of the purposes below:

  • Residential accommodation for the care or after care of persons suffering from illness
  • Facilities for the training of persons who are or have been suffering from illness
  • Provision of facilities or accommodation for disabled persons not falling within the two statements above
  • Providing welfare services for disabled persons
  • Providing facilities under section 15 of The Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944
  • Provision of facilities under section 3(1) of The Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1958

To apply, please complete a disabled person's relief application form (PDF, 155KB).


How can I find out if my property should be exempt from rates?

Churches, agricultural land and properties of the crown are exempt. If you think your property should be exempt, please contact the Non-Domestic Rates Relief team on 01324 506966.


Can I get relief if my business is experiencing hardship?

Hardship relief may be awarded if a business is seen as important to the local community and if giving the award would be in the interest of Council Tax payers. Applications must be made in writing to the Chief Finance Officer, Falkirk Council, Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, FK1 5RS.


Can I get relief if my property is partly unoccupied?

Relief may be awarded on the part of the property which is not occupied. This applies only to industrial properties.

Applications must be made in writing to:

Non-domestic Rates 
Falkirk Council One Stop Shop
Callendar Square
Falkirk
FK1 1UJ


Can I get relief as my property is in a rural settlement?

Relief may be awarded to certain village stores, post offices, public houses, small hotels, small food shops, filling stations and children’s nurseries that are located in a rural settlement. Public houses, small hotels and filling stations must be individually owned.

Discretionary rural rates relief may be awarded if property is important to the local community and if giving the award is in the interest of Council Tax payers. Applications must be made in writing to the Chief Finance Officer, Falkirk Council, Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, FK1 5RS.


Can I get relief on my sports club property?

Relief may be awarded to sports clubs who practice a sport or activity recognised by SportScotland. If a sports club does not have a licence to sell alcohol, 100% relief is given. If a club is licensed the amount of relief is dependent upon bar takings, relief is awarded on a sliding scale.

To apply, please complete a sports club relief application form (PDF, 252KB).


Can I get relief as my business produces renewable energy?

Businesses whose only interest is the production of renewable energy and that are being used for a project, may be entitled to up to 100% relief. If you think you may be eligible, please contact the Non-Domestic Rates Relief team on 01324 506966.