Charities and charity shops
If the property is used wholly or mainly for charitable purposes, or the
institution or organisation occupying it is established for charitable
purposes only, or is occupied by people administering a trust established
for charitable purposes only, you are automaticlaly entitled to an 80%
reduction on your bill. You need to apply to your local authority, however,
to make sure you receive it. In the case of charity shops, the property must
be wholly or mainly used for the sale of goods donated to a charity and the
proceeds of sale of the goods must (after deduction of expenses) be applied
for the purposes of a charity.
Your local authority may also decide to further reduce the amount you have
to pay - or even cancel the bill altogether. Decisions are made on a
Not a charity, but another type of non-profit-making organisation
Although you have no automatic entitlement, local authorities may decide to
give you relief or cancel your bill altogether. Your organisation must be
non-profit-making and the property it occupies must be used for charitable,
philanthropic or religious purposes or concerned with education, social
welfare, science, literature or the fine arts. Or the property must be used
by a non-profit-making organisation wholly or mainly for the purpose of
The ODPM issued detailed guidance to local authorities on 'Rate reliefs for
charities and other non-profit-making organisations' in December 2002
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Horton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 8:38 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Private Museum
> Would a Private Museum run by a Charity normally be charged Business Rates
> in England?
> Would admission charges affect the business rate?
> I assume the offices of charities would pay business rates?
> What about the treasurer of the coin collecting club running an office
> the living room in a private house?
> Or a web site designer?
> Do LA museums exempt themselves?
> Andy Horton.
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