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9. Hardship relief

We have the discretion to remit all or part of a business rates bill if the occupier is expecting financial hardship.

How to apply

Please email businessrates@eastdevon.gov.uk or write to:
Business rates
East Devon District Council
Knowle
Sidmouth
EX10 8HL

Your letter should include:

  • the reasons for your application
  • details of your business
  • details of the benefits/services your business provides to the local community

You should also enclose a copy of your latest audited accounts with your application.

If you have not already done so, you should also make an appeal to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for a temporary reduction in your rateable value.