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Charitable business rate relief

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are eligible for discount of up to 100% on their business rates.


Registered charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) can apply for charitable relief, which is a mandatory 80% reduction on your rates bill.

We also have the discretion to 'top up' the remaining 20% of your rates bill with discretionary rates relief.

Not-for-profit organisations

'Not for profit' organisations can apply for discretionary rates relief and receive up to 100% relief on their rates bill. The level of relief given will depend on the type of organisation you are.

The types of organisations that can benefit from this are:

  • amateur sports clubs and grounds
  • community centres and halls
  • welfare and educational community centres
  • youth organisations
  • arts, music, religious, philanthropic groups

Discretionary rate relief policy

How to apply

Application for business rate relief for charities (PDF) [395KB]
(this form covers both mandatory and discretionary charitable relief)

Application for business rate relief for sporting organisations (PDF) [435KB]

What to send us in support of your application for relief

Whichever type of organisation you are, when you send us your application form, you must include with it:

  • a copy of the trust deed or a print of the organisation's written constitution
  • a copy of the latest set of accounts unless they are available online
  • a statement giving details of the activities and work carried out at the premises

Return your application and supporting documents to:

The Head of Finance and Delivery, City and County of Swansea, Business Rates Section, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN.

Discretionary rate relief policy

Each application for relief must be considered on its merits, however it is appropriate to have guidance policies to provide a framework for consistency.
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