A Listen to this page
Home > Business > Business rates and BIDs > Rate reliefs and refunds > Local Discretionary Rate Relief

Local Discretionary Rate Relief

You may be eligible for Local Discretionary Rate Relief if you have had a rise in your business rates bill due to the revaluation which took effect on 1st April 2017. This relief was approved by City of Lincoln Council’s Executive on 25th September 2017 to assist impacted businesses.

We have already contacted businesses we know to be affected and have sent application forms, these should be completed and returned to Business Rates, PO Box 1257, Lincoln LN5 5PQ by return of post as soon as possible.

Applications for the Local Discretionary Relief for 2017/2018 must be received by us no later than 30th September 2018.

The amount of relief you may be entitled to is shown below for the period of 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

Up to £25 bill increase = full relief

£25 to £500.99 bill increase = 50% relief

£501 to £1,000.99 bill increase = £500 relief

£1,001 to £2,000.99 bill increase = £850 relief

£2,001 to £3,000.99 bill increase = £1,250 relief

£3,001 to £4,000.99 bill increase = £1,700 relief 

£4,001+ bill increase = £1,800 relief 

The amount of relief you may be entitled to is shown below for the period of 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.

Up to £25 bill increase = full relief

£25 to £500.99 bill increase = 50% relief

£501 to £1,000.99 bill increase = £300 relief

£1,001 to £2,000.99 bill increase = £650 relief

£2,001 to £3,000.99 bill increase = £1,050 relief

£3,001 to £4,000.99 bill increase = £1,500 relief 

£4,001+ bill increase = £1,600 relief 


You will receive a form where the Council has identified you as someone who has had an increase in your annual liability between 2016/17 and 2017/18, and that this increase was due to the revaluation. If the increase in your annual liability is not solely due to the revaluation of the property, your application may be rejected.  

The New Local Discretionary relief is considered to be State Aid and there are restrictions on how much State Aid you may receive over a three year period, this is 200,000 Euros for anyone company or sole trader.

Please ensure that you meet the State Aid requirements before signing and returning the form. Further information regarding State Aid is available on the following link:  https://www.gov.uk/state-aid.

Yes, if you are eligible you will still get the relief. Credits on the account of less than £25 will be carried forward into the New Year. Other credits will be carried forward, unless you request a refund.

Yes there are several exclusions, examples include:

  • Properties occupied by Precepting Authorities such as City of Lincoln Council, the County Council, Parish Councils and the Police.
  • Empty properties
  • Properties with a rateable value of £100,000 or above.  

You may contact us to discuss the reasons why and we will consider your comments.

If you are still unhappy with the decision, appeals should be by way of an application for Judicial Review.  

We are unable to issue the application forms until the schemes for these Authorities are considered. North Kesteven District Councils application forms were issued on 22nd September 2017 and for West Lindsey District Council this will be 9th November 2017, after their scheme has had the required approval. Forms will be issued as soon as we know which of the proposed schemes is approved.
No two districts are identical and each authority has created a scheme which they believe helps the people who are most in need of help in their area. There are some restrictions provided for by Central Government but on the whole the authorities tailor their schemes to meet the needs of their own ratepayers.

Each year we will need to create a new scheme. As these are not fully decided yet, you may find that you do not qualify for future years.

Therefore all qualifying ratepayers will be issued with an annual application form in order to complete the State Aid statement.  

As soon as the application form is received by City of Lincoln Council we will check that everything looks correct and apply the relief if appropriate. You will then receive a new bill showing the rate relief has been applied.

We are encouraging all ratepayers to return their forms to us by 31st December 2017 if you want the rate relief to be applied to your account this year. There are some restrictions on backdating discretionary relief and why wait, get your application in now while it is on your mind. Don't miss the chance for a reduction in your rates.

If you can't find what you're looking for visit our contact us page for a number of options which may help.