Chelmsford City Council

Business Rates, benefits and Council Tax

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced extra help for some businesses in his Budget for the financial year 2021/2022.

You will not have to pay business rates from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 if your business is eligible and is:

  • in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, or
  • a provider of Ofsted’s Early Years Register, using premises wholly or mainly for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage

From 1 July 2021, a 66% discount is available. However, the amount of relief you can claim is capped. The cap is:

  • £2m for businesses that were, or would have been, required to close on 5 January 2021
  • £105,000 for other businesses or nurseries

You can refuse these discounts by notifying the Business Rates team.

You can find out if your business is eligible by viewing:

We have now sent all businesses a new bill, which shows how much you need to pay, based on your eligibility for the 66% discount.


Council Tax and benefits

If your income has been affected by coronavirus and you need help with your rent, we want to provide you with some information to help you at this difficult and uncertain time.

You can view our Coronavirus guidance for Council Tax and benefits. 

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Last updated: 14 July 2021

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