Orkney Islands Council
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Enterprise Area Rates Relief Scheme

From 1 April 2012 the Scottish Government has provided a system of rates relief to businesses concerned within defined geographic Enterprise Areas. One of the four defined Enterprise Areas in Scotland is the Low Carbon / Renewable North Enterprise Area that covers Hatston (Orkney) and Lyness (Orkney).

Rates Relief of up to 100% is available for properties that are used for the design, fabrication, manufacture and assembly of components required for the generation of renewable energy. The relief applies only to a defined area at Hatston (Kirkwall) or Lyness.

Activities that give rise to eligibility for rates relief are the design, fabrication, manufacture and assembly of components required for the generation of renewable energy by the technologies described in Schedule 2 of the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2009, including foundations and substructures (fixed or floating), towers, blades and nacelles, and research and development connected to those activities.

The percentage of relief available to non-domestic properties banded by rateable value is:

  • Up to £120k - 100 relief.
  • £120k to £240k - 50% relief.
  • £240k to £480k - 25% relief.
  • £480k to £1.2m - 10% relief.
  • £1.2m to £2.4m - 5% relief.
  • More than 2.4m - 2.5% relief.

 How to apply

You can download a Renewable Energy Rates Relief application form, which includes area maps, from Related Downloads on the left of this page.

Related Downloads