Non-profit making organisations

We may be able to reduce the amount of business rates that you have to pay if we consider that your business is a non-profit making organisation.

If you're successful with your application for discretionary relief then the amount of business rates that you are liable to pay will be reduced by 50%. This may increase to as much as 100% dependent on the circumstances of your organisation.


To qualify for discretionary relief as a non-profit making organisation your business must:

  • be used for charitable, philanthropic or religious purposes.


  • be concerned with educational, social welfare, science, literature, the fine arts, or used wholly or mainly for recreation by a not for profit club or society.

We'll also consider the following upon receipt of your application for discretionary relief:


  • membership should be open to all sections of the community, unless there are legitimate restrictions placed on membership
  • your organisation should actively encourage membership from particular groups in the community
  • facilities should be made available to people other than members

Provision of facilities

  • your organisation should provide training or education for its members. There should be schemes for particular groups to develop their skills
  • whether your facilities are provided/maintained by self-help or grant aided
  • whether your organisation runs a bar

Other considerations

  • whether your organisation is affiliated to a local or national organisation
  • whether membership is drawn from people mainly resident within Stockport's boundaries

How to apply

To apply for discretionary relief download and complete the form below.

Download the application form (PDF 117Kb)

Post your completed application form to:

Business Rates Team
Town Hall