Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

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 will be writing to affected businesses with further details of this relief. We will also update this page to give more details of what we intend to do with the 2021/2022 business rate bills.

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: 05 March 2021

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