Charity Exemption Scheme

Are you a registered charity or a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)? If so, you may be exempt from water and wastewater charges.

The Scottish Government announced that as of 1 April 2015, a new scheme would be introduced which provides charities and CASCs with exemption from water and waste water bills. It is called the Scottish Government Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme and is administered by Scottish Water on behalf of the Scottish Government.

How it works

Charities whose annual turnover is less than £200,000 per year, are eligible for full exemption on their water charges. Charities whose turnover is over £200k but up to £300k can still get 50% off their water charges. Eligible charities must also not meet any of the following conditions:

  • They are a charity shop or a premises used for the retailing of new or second hand merchandise.
  • They hold a permanent licence to sell alcohol at the premises.
  • They operate as a café, open to the public on a regular basis to generate income. This doesn’t include canteens provided for volunteers.
  • They are a Local Authority or an Arms-Length External Organisation (ALEO), used by councils to deliver services.

Organisations that are eligible for the exemption scheme can apply by downloading the application form HERE, completing it and returning it to us.