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Business rates

 
Business Rates (or non-domestic rates) is a local business tax payable in respect of all occupied and some unoccupied 'non-domestic' properties. Rates are paid to Walsall Council who acts as a Billing Authority on behalf of the Government.
 

 

Walsall Local Discretionary Grants Programme 

 

Please note that the window to make applications for the discretionary grants programme has now closed.

Applications can still be made under Small Business Grant Scheme; see below for more details.

 

 

Small Business Grant Scheme

Walsall Council are pleased to announce that we are now ready to take registrations for the Small Business Grants announced by the government.

The grants are available to the following

  • Small Business Grant
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Small Business Grant is £10,000 and the Retail etc Grant is either £10,000 or £25,000. The amount depends on the rateable value of the property.

Small Business Grant

This grant is awarded to any property, which

  • on the 11 March 2020 is entitled to small business rate relief.

The criteria also includes properties that are entitled to rural relief but no areas of Walsall are classed as rural so this does not apply.

The following properties are excluded from receiving the grant even if they meet the criteria

  • Properties occupied for personal uses
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • Dissolved or companies in liquidation on 11 March 2020

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

This grant is awarded to any property, which on 11 March 2020

  • Has a rateable value of less than £51,000
  • Eligible to qualify for the Expanded Retail Discount
    • Shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, sports and leisure properties, clubs & hotels

The following properties are excluded from receiving the grant even if they meet the criteria

  • Properties occupied for personal uses
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • Dissolved or companies in liquidation on 11 March 2020

The grant will be £10,000 if the rateable value of the property is up to £15,000 or £25,000 grant for those with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

 

Registration

Registration is via the web site Grant Approval.co.uk. To start the registration process click here www.GrantApproval.co.uk

 

Extended Relief Scheme

 

We have received the guidance on the extended relief scheme and are currently working on getting that awarded to those who qualify.

 

The new relief relates to the 2020/21 rate bill and gives 100% relief to the following properties (this is a guide only and not meant to be a conclusive and definitive list)

 

  • Used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public
  • Used for the provision of certain services to visiting members of the public
  • Used for the sale of food and/or drink to visiting members of the public
  • Used as a cinema
  • Used as live music venues: excludes nightclubs and theatres
  • Used for the provision of sport, leisure and facilities to visiting members of the public – this includes sports grounds, museums, nightclubs, theatres and gyms
  • Used for assembly of public such as clubhouses, clubs and institutions
  • Used as hotels, guest houses etc
  • Used as employment agencies, Estate & Letting agents
  • Bettings shops, casinos, gambling clubs & bingo halls
  • Wellness centres, spas & message parlours

We will be contacting ratepayers directly and there will be no requirement to use the services of any third party or agent.

 

March Quarter Rent Payments

The Council is aware of the current economic conditions and the additional pressure being put on business by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Accordingly, the Council, as your landlord, understands that its tenants may have difficulty in meeting their rent payments for the forthcoming quarter and potentially beyond. 

 

The Council will grant a 3 month rent holiday from 25th March 2020, but noting that the rent for the March quarter will have to be paid by the end of December 2020 or the expiry of the lease, whichever is the earlier.  

 

If you feel that you will have difficulties in making your rent payment due on 25th March, please contact the Asset Management team to discuss your position at assetmanagement@walsall.gov.uk.

 

Please note that this applies to the commercial tenants of the Council only; tenants of private landlords and whg tenants need to contact their own landlords directly. 

Business Rates online

You can now go online and register to view your business rates account. Registering allows you to view your balance and past bills, set up direct debits and opt for paperless billing.
 

Help with Business Rates Bills

Small Business Rate Relief

You may be eligible for help with your bill if you qualify for the Small Business Rates Relief scheme. For more information please refer to the FAQ pages, or alternatively, contact the business rates section directly.

Visit us

You can call in to see us at the First Stop Shop in the main Civic Centre entrance in Darwall Street.
Our opening hours are:
Monday - 8.45am to 5.15pm
Tuesday - 8.45am to 5.15pm
Wednesday - 8.45am to 5.15pm
Thursday - 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday - 8.45am to 4.45pm
 
Contact us
Business Rates Service
Walsall Council
PO Box 23
Walsall
WS1 1TW
Enquiry line - 0300 555 2853
Payment line - 0300 555 2854 (24 hours)
Fax - 01922 723337

Email businessrates@walsall.gov.uk

 

You can use our online contact form for general enquiries, compliments and complaints.

 

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