Local government finance circular 4/2022 - non-domestic rates relief: guidance

This circular provides general information relating to current arrangements for non-domestic rates reliefs in 2022 to 2023. It also provides examples of supporting documentary evidence. The information was compiled with the involvement of officers from COSLA and the IRRV.

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Stud Farms Relief

173. The key legislation is the Valuation (Stud Farms) (Scotland) Order 2005 and Paragraph 4(2B) of Schedule 2 to the Local Government and Rating Act 1997, as inserted by section 28(4)(c) of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003.

174. Councils may award relief to qualifying stud farms with a rateable value up to £7,000. Note this relief is separate from the de-rating provision under section 7B of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act 1956.

175. This relief is discretionary and is 75% funded by the Scottish Government.

176. This relief is likely to be considered a subsidy under the TCA and is subject to the MFA.



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