What are business rates?

Business rates are paid by the owners or occupiers of non-domestic properties.

If you wish to learn more about business rates then please see Business Rates Explained.

Business Rates and Coronavirus

The Government have launched a new business support finder tool, which you can access here: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

The following support is provided to businesses by Horsham District Council:

  • a 12 month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England.  If you wish to apply for this relief, please contact us by email at hdc-revenues@milton-keynes.gov.uk
  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rates relief or rural rate relief.  You can submit the information needed for us to check your eleigibility and pay your grant.
  • grant funding for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses of £10,000 where the rateable value is less than 15,000, with the grant increasing to £25,000 where the rateable value is between £15,000 and £50,999.  You can submit the information needed for us to check your eleigibility and pay your grant.

Check the details of the Government Guidance on the gov.uk website to see if you may be entitled to a grant.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

If you have an enquiry regarding the existing small business grant or retail, hospitality or leisure grant please email these to: HDC-businessgrants@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Please note that this grant is not being administered by the Business Rates team who will be unable to answer any of your questions. If you do have any questions that cannot be answered from the webpage of application portal please email these to HDC-LADG@milton-keynes.gov.uk

FRAUD ALERT – Business Support Grants

We are aware fraudsters are pretending to be the Council’s Finance Director (sometimes called the 151 officer).

After you have provided your bank details into the Council’s Business grants portal we will NEVER ask you to click an email link. We will NEVER ask you to give us your bank details over the phone. 

We may call you to clarify some details or to confirm some of your details.

We will give partial details you have submitted and ask you to confirm yes or no. 

If in any doubts please ring the Council’s general number and ask to speak to the Business Rates team.



Open data – business rates

Please see our Business Rates – Open Data page to view the data we can publish.

If you cannot find what you are looking for then please contact us.

Further information

Horsham Financial Information

Business Rates Explanatory Notes 2020/21