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For help and support available to businesses during the Coronavirus (Co-Vid 19) outbreak please click here.

You can now manage your business rates account on this site, by signing in/registering your Fife Council Account.

A range of relief or discount schemes are in operation, which you may qualify for.

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure & Aviation Relief

The 100% COVID-19 Retail, Hospitality, Leisure and Aviation (RHLA) relief will be extended for the whole of the 2021-22.

While there are no changes to eligibility from last year, an application will now be required for this relief in 2021-22 and, where the council deems your property eligible based on the information provided, this will be awarded and will appear in your Non-Domestic Rates bill for the Financial Year 2021/22

If you apply after your rates bill has been issued and you are eligible for the relief, a revised Bill will be issued.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

Businesses which have individual properties with a rateable value of up to £18,000 and combined rateable value of £35,000 or less and are occupied, may qualify for relief.

Empty Properties

Rates are payable at 50% of what they would be if the property was occupied, or 90% where the property in question has been unoccupied for more than 3 months.Where a property is classed as industrial, rates are not normally payable for the first 6 months if it is empty.  Thereafter rates equal to 90% of the rates charge will be levied.

Fresh Start Relief

The Non Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 expand Fresh Start Relief with effect from 1 April 2018 to include all types of non-domestic properties. 100% may be awarded where you occupy premises that was previously unoccupied for at least 6 months and has a rateable value of £65,000 or less. From 1st April 2021 this extends to properties with a rateable value of £95,000 or less.

Special Rebates – Disabled Persons

A special rebate may be available for premises providing certain facilities which are wholly or mainly for disabled persons who are or have been suffering from illness.

New and Improved Property Relief

If your premises is a new build you will not have to pay Business Rates until 12 months after the building was completed. Once occupied, new tenants may qualify for relief for 12 months.

If you expand or make improvements to your property, rates will continue on your old rateable value for 12 months.

Other Rating Relief

Relief may be available to certain properties in rural areas and charities and other organisations.  These must not be established for profit but are used for recreation, religious purposes or concerned with education, social welfare, or those providing day nursery services.

Renewable Energy Generation Relief

To qualify for this scheme businesses must be solely concerned with the generation of heat or power (or both) from renewable energy sources.

Non-Domestic Rates – Full Database:

A list will be published on a regular basis detailing Non-Domestic Rates full database, including reliefs awarded (see Related Publications at www.fife.gov.uk/businessrates).

The information will be updated on a quarterly basis.

Personal information is removed prior to publication.

Contacting us

Change in Circumstances

Please complete the appropriate Online Form below to apply for relief or to notify us of any changes in ownership or  changes in tenancy

General Enquiries

Contact Us by email to submit a general enquiry.