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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 will qualify for 100% relief for a minimum of 3 months, or until the business is able to resume trading from the property if longer, up to state aid de minimis, for those properties which meet the following criteria;

For any day:

  • The business premises was directly impacted by the relevant weather event – for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock: or: the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available


  • On that day business activity undertaken at the business premises was adversely affected as a result: and
  • On that day the rateable value of the property was less than £10 million

Empty Properties

The scheme does not cover relief for any business premises which was empty at the time it was flooded as there was no business activity on the premises at the time. Where a business premises becomes empty after the flood then it will receive the normal 3 or 6 months (as applicable) empty property rate free period or will continue to receive the balance of the flooding relief

Can I have my rateable value reduced?

If you believe that the rateable value of your premises 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.

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Can my property be removed from the valuation list while repairs are on-going?

Any further queries in regards to removing a property from the valuation list will need to be queried directly with the Valuation Office Agency.

For more information contact:

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