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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. 

 

Online viewing services for Council Tax and Housing Benefit will be temporarily unavailable over the weekend

 

Please be aware that online viewing services for Council Tax and Housing Benefit will be temporarily unavailable from 12.00pm on Friday 26 February 2021 for a planned system update. It is expected that the service will be available for use from 12.00pm on Monday 1 March 2021. During this period you will not be able to view your Council Tax Bill or your Benefit entitlement online.

 

You will also be unable to make an online application for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or report a change in your circumstances. You will still be able to make payments online.

 

A 24 hour payment line is available for Council Tax throughout the duration of the update by calling 0300 5552852. You are also able to e-mail enquiries to Counciltax@walsall.gov.uk or BenefitsService@walsall.gov.uk as usual.

 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we appreciate your patience for the duration of this essential maintenance work. No other services will be affected by the update.

 

Awaiting Information Regarding Further Grant Support

 

Walsall Council is currently waiting for further details from the Government regarding business grant support to ensure continued financial support is sustained throughout this current period.

As yet, we do not have any information, but would advise businesses to keep checking the Business Rates webpages, which will be updated as soon as those details are known.

 

Covid Emergency Business Grants Finder

 

Some of the grants available do not require that you pay Business Rates, for those that do, you must be named on the business rates bill. Where they relate to a Business Rate Value, you can check your rateable value HERE

As Walsall has featured in both Tier 3 and for a short time Tier 4 prior to entering Level 5 Lockdown, there are a variety of grants available, and you may be eligible to apply for more than one as they cover different Tiers and timeframes.

Use the navigation headings below that best describe your business to start your search, so that you can begin to complete and submit your application/s.        

 

 

I don’t have premises / I work from home but would qualify for support otherwise

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Lockdown Grant [November]   

Discretionary grants if business has been affected by restrictions.

A discrectionary scheme - business in industry mandated to close or have been effected by restrictions (no premises).

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

Discretionary Grant Scheme if business has been affected by restrictions. 

A discrectionary scheme - business in industry mandated to close or effected by restrictions (no premises) 02/12/2020 to 29/12/2020

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

Discretionary Grant Scheme if business has been effected by restrictions.

A discrectionary scheme - business in industry mandated to close or affected by restrictions (no premises) Jan/Feb

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option.

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

Premises rateable value is over £51k

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Tier 2 [pre-National Lockdown]

Grant scheme available to those in the hospitality industry.

Tier 2 Business Grant Scheme.

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - National Restrictions Grant RV £51,000 or over - November 2020
  • businesses in the events sector - Discretionary Scheme - Events Business
  • businesses in the supply chain to retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - Discretionary Scheme - supply chain

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - grants for closed businesses RV £51,000 or over
  • businesses open but affected by the closure of retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - grants for open but affected businesses
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship 

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses support package for lockdown and Tier 4 - RV £51,000 or over
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship - Jan/Feb

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

Premises rateable value is between £15k and £51k

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Tier 2 [pre-National Lockdown]

Grant scheme available to those in the hospitality industry.

Tier 2 Business Grant Scheme.

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - National Restrictions Grant RV £15,001 to £50,999 - November 2020
  • businesses in the events sector - Discretionary Scheme - Events Business
  • businesses in the supply chain to retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - Discretionary Scheme - supply chain

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - grants for closed businesses RV £15,001 to £50,999
  • businesses open but affected by the closure of retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - grants for open but affected businesses
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship 

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses support package for lockdown and Tier 4 - RV £15,001 to £50,999 
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship - Jan/Feb

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

Premises rateable value is below £15k

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Tier 2 [pre-National Lockdown]

Grant scheme available to those in the hospitality industry.

Tier 2 Business Grant Scheme.

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - National Restrictions Grant RV £15,00 and under - November 2020
  • businesses in the events sector - Discretionary Scheme - Events Business
  • businesses in the supply chain to retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - Discretionary Scheme - supply chain

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses mandated to close - grants for closed businesses RV £15,000 and under
  • businesses open but affected by the closure of retail, hospitality or leisure sectors - grants for open but affected businesses
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship 

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

Grant scheme available for the following:

  • businesses support package for lockdown and Tier 4 - RV £15,000 and under 
  • grants for other businesses suffering hardship - Jan/Feb

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

I don’t pay rates because it’s included in my rent

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

Discretionary Grant Scheme open for businesses that were mandated to close - Discretionary scheme - shared accommodation

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

  • Open but affected businesses - grants for open but affected businesses in share accommodation 
  • Mandated to close - discretionary scheme- shared accommodation 02/12/2020 to 29/12/2020 

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

  • Mandated to close - discretionary scheme- shared accommodation closed Jan/Feb 
  • Mandated to close - open but affected - discretionary scheme- shared accommodation open Jan/Feb 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

I am a regular market trader in Walsall

Find the grant or grants for you then use the link below to apply

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

Discretionary Grants Scheme open - discretionary scheme - regular market traders

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

Discretionary Grant Scheme open - discretionary scheme - regular market traders 02/12/2020 to 29/12/2020

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks]

Discretionary Grant Scheme open - discretionary scheme - regular market traders Jan/Feb

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

 

 

B& B's

Find the grants for you then use the link below to apply

The grant application site will lead you through the process we have provided examples of what you will see

 

Lockdown Grant [November]

 

•           B&Bs who pay Council Tax - discretionary scheme B&B's

 

Tier 3 [2nd-15th; 17th-31st December]

•            B&Bs who pay Council Tax - discretionary scheme B&B's 02/12/2020 to 29/12/2020

 

Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks

•            B&Bs who pay Council Tax - Discretionary scheme B&B's Jan/Feb

    

 

 

Apply for any of the above HERE Please select the ‘Grants for Businesses’ option

The grant application site will lead you through the process, we have provided examples of what you will see

 

What you will see on the grant application site (examples below)

 

Prior to National Lockdown

For businesses that are not legally forced to close but affected by the restrictions in socialising due to being in tier 2

For businesses that have been mandated to close since March i.e. Nightclubs

For Period of National lockdown

For businesses that receive a rate bill but were mandated to close

For businesses in shared accommodation and mandated to close 

For businesses not mandated to close but affected.  Events Sector

For businesses not mandated to close but affected.  Supply Chain to Businesses Mandated to Close

For businesses mandated to close but have no premises

Regular Market Traders in Walsall Area

B&B businesses who pay council tax rather than business rates

Post National Lockdown

For businesses that receive a rate bill but were mandated to close

For businesses that have been mandated to close since March i.e. Nightclubs

For businesses that are not legally forced to close but affected by the restrictions in socialising due to being in tier 3

For businesses in shared accommodation and mandated to close

Regular Market Traders in Walsall Area

B&B businesses who pay council tax rather than business rates

For businesses mandated to close but have no premises

For businesses that do not fall into any other grouping but have suffered hardship

      Lockdown Grant [January/February 6 weeks

   

State aid

All of the above grants are subject to the state-aid deminimus limits.

 

 

 

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.

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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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