Before you start

You will need to tell us:

  • what type of business you run
  • details about you, the ratepayer
  • your business rates account reference
  • your business bank account details and documentary evidence of this, without this document we will not be able to process your payment.

Your business rates account reference number starts with a 4. Any business rate correspondence issued after February 2018 will show this reference. If the reference you have starts with a 3 you need to contact the business rates team in order to get an up to date copy of your bill with your new reference number. For security reasons we are not able to give this information out over the phone, but can issue a duplicate bill to your registered business address, email: (opens in a new window).

Complete a new form for each property that you receive a rates bill for.

This grant is for businesses that have been required to close by the Government for the period 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020. Further information about businesses that can continue to operate in a limited manner, such as restaurants that are operating a takeaway service, see closing certain businesses and venues in England on GOV.UK (opens in a new window).

The amount of the grant is determined by the rateable value of the business premises occupied on 5 November 2020. The following are the amounts for the 28 day period noted above:

  • rateable value £1 - £15,000: grant £1,334
  • rateable value £15,001 - £50,999: grant £2,000
  • rateable value £51,000 or greater: grant £3,000

If you have received an email from us about this grant please do not use this form.

If you have been required to close your business and have not had an email about this grant then please complete this form.

Completing this form does not mean you are eligible for the grants available but it will allow us to check your details against our rating list and make a determination of your eligibility. If you are eligible we will make the payment within 10 working days of receiving this application. If you are not eligible we will email you setting out why you do not meet the criteria set out by government and sign post to other support that you may be eligible for.