Help available for business rates

Back in Business rate support

Guide

The Back in Business scheme, administered by Land & Property Services (LPS), offers businesses a 50% rates discount for up to two years if they occupy a vacant retail unit.

Eligibility

To benefit from the scheme you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • you have occupied business premises on or after 1 April 2022
  • the business premises you now occupy were previously vacant for a minimum of 12 months prior to the date you occupied the property
  • the business premises was previously valued for rates and used for retail purposes, or;
  • if premises were never occupied you may still be entitled if the premises could reasonably have been used for retail purposes.

“Retail purposes” means the retail provision of goods or services to members of the public who visit the property.

What you’ll get

The rates discount of 50% is granted for up to 24 months beginning on the day which the retail unit becomes occupied.

If you are in receipt of a rates holiday and are awarded support through the Back in Business scheme, both entitlements will run alongside each other i.e. you cannot delay the start of the Back in Business scheme until your rates holiday has finished.

How to claim

The scheme is now open for applications until 31 March 2023.

To apply you can complete the application form below and return to LPS via post or email. Further information about the scheme and how to return the application can also be found on the form.

Back in Business application form (PDF, 1.73MB).

Please note: LPS Customer Information Centres will be closed until further notice. All Ordnance Survey services are available online or you can email queries to Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk. Helplines for rating and valuation, housing benefit, rates relief and land registration are open.

Further information on service updates, helpline numbers and reaching LPS by email are available on the LPS website.