Business Rates

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

This is an additional discretionary Business Rates Relief that Local Authorities can give businesses that have suffered hardship due to Covid-19. The relief is available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22. Government guidance on the operation of the scheme can be found at:

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF): local authority guidance - GOV.UK (

Update 1.9.22

The third application window is now closed. The applications that have been received will be considered by the Councils Policy and Finance Committee, on 13 September 2022, to determine how much relief will be provided and businesses will be notified if they have been successful.

Please note that, in accordance with the guidance, the relief will NOT be available for ratepayers who either are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure), or the Nursery Discount or the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS), or for a property when it is unoccupied (other than hereditaments which have become closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19).