New commercial property discount

Bury Council offers a business rates discount scheme to support those who invest in the borough by building new commercial premises. It aims to encourage the creation of new jobs and safeguard existing ones.

Are you eligible?

There are 3 qualifying criteria:

Property is newly built

This means it is built on a site where either:

  • no previous property existed or
  • a previous property has been demolished

The completion date of the property must after 1st April 2015.

Property is on a site with the potential for economic regeneration

The scheme is available for properties built on sites with the potential for economic regeneration, in the borough. There is a map of these sites in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

Subject to state aid limits

European Union (EU) laws restrict the amount of state funding businesses can receive. Businesses can get up to €200,000 in government grants, loans or tax reductions over a rolling three year period. The business rates new commercial property discount counts towards your state aid allocation.

Further information about what constitutes state aid can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 there will be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The EU State Aid rules will continue to apply during the transition period.

How the scheme works

Your business rates bill could be reduced for a period of four years. The maximum amount of relief you can receive is:

  • Year 1    80% reduction
  • Year 2    60% reduction
  • Year 3    40% reduction
  • Year 4    20% reduction

For larger properties it is likely that you could exceed your state aid limits before these maximum amounts are reached. If you already receive some form of tax payer funded support then we can only consider providing help up to the state aid limits.

How to apply

Complete this form to register your interest in the scheme.

pdf icon Apply for new commerical property discount [347kb]

We cannot give an exact amount you will receive until your property is valued by the Valuation Office.

If you can confirm your state aid status we can give you an agreement in principle as to your entitlement.


Contact for Business Rates