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Heat Network Relief

At the Spring Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced that a new Heat Network relief will apply from Friday 1 April 2022 for hereditaments being used wholly or mainly as a heat network which have their own rating assessment.


To be eligible for Heat Network Relief the hereditament must:

  • Have their own business rates assessment
  • Be wholly or mainly used for the purpose of a heat network, and
  • The heat, over the next 12 months, is expected to be generated from a low carbon source (irrespective of whether that source is located on the hereditament or on a different hereditament)


The following hereditaments are not eligible for Heat Network relief:

  • Those that are wholly or mainly providing heat for a different purpose, for example an industrial process
  • Those that do not have their own business rates assessment such as small and medium scale heat networks, for example common heating systems in multi-occupied buildings or estates, which do not give rise to a separate business rates bill. In these cases, the heat network forms part of the services of the properties which have a wider purpose (e.g. offices)

Full details for this relief and the eligibility rules can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-rates-heat-network-relief-local-authority-guidance/business-rates-heat-network-relief-local-authority-guidance

To apply, please complete an enquiry form at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/xfp/form/1691