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)

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.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

On Friday 2 May 2020 the Government announced a new local discretionary fund to provide additional support for businesses.

Update : 20 May 2020

We do understand that this is an incredibly worrying time for many businesses and that there is a need to ensure all financial support schemes are put in place quickly.

We have received guidance from the Government on the delivery of the new local discretionary fund to support a range of businesses who were not eligible under the Small Business or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant schemes.  Given the limited funding available to support this scheme it is important that the Council makes careful consideration of the delivery of this funding to ensure that it is available to those businesses most in need of help as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic.

We are working hard to finalise the eligibility criteria, the application process and level of available grants and as soon as this has been agreed we will publish details here so please keep checking this page for updates.

We appreciate that these delays are frustrating but we do have to ensure that the scheme is administered correctly for the benefit of all eligible businesses so that funding gets paid correctly.

If you have already received a grant under the Small Business Grant or Retail , Hospitality and Leisure scheme you will not be eligible for a grant under this new scheme. However if you were not eligible for a grant and meet the eligibility criteria under the new Business Grant Discretionary scheme you will be able to apply for this funding by submitting the relevant details once the application form is available.


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