Small business rate relief

If you occupy a property with a rateable value below £15,000, you may be eligible for small business rate relief. Find out more.

Who can claim small business rate relief

You can get small business rate relief if you:

  • Occupy one property, and its rateable value is less than £15,000
  • Occupy one main property and other properties in England as long as the other properties have rateable values less than £2,900 and the total rateable value of all the occupied properties is less than £20,000

You can only get small business rates relief on one property.

Small business rate relief only applies to occupied properties.

It is no longer possible to claim small business rate relief under the 2010 Rating List. All claims made after 1 October 2017 may only be backdated to 1 April 2017.

Ratepayers, who receive the following relief, are not entitled to small business rate relief:

  • Mandatory charity relief
  • Mandatory rural relief
  • Mandatory former agricultural premises relief

Small business rate relief is not automatically applied to your account. You must complete our small business rate relief form if you think you will qualify.

How we calculate small business rate relief

From 1 April 2017

The government announced changes to small business rate relief from 1 April 2017.

Small business rate relief was permanently doubled from 50% to 100% and the thresholds increased to benefit a greater number of businesses.

If you occupy a property with a rateable value below £51,000, we will automatically calculate your business rates using the small business multiplier. The multiplier for 2017/18 is 0.466p.

From 1 April 2017, you can get small business rate relief if:

  • Your 2017 rateable value is £12,000 or below. You will receive small business rate relief at 100%

  • Your 2017 rateable value is between £12,001 and £14,999 inclusive. We will use the small business multiplier and you will receive relief on a sliding scale - from 100% at £12,000 to 0% to £15,000

  • You occupy one main property and other properties in England as long as the other properties have rateable values less than £2,900 and the total rateable value of all the occupied properties is less than £20,000

Between 1 October 2010 and 31 March 2017

This relief has been temporarily doubled by government.

If you occupy a property with a rateable value below £18,000, we will automatically calculate your business rates using the small business multiplier. The small multiplier for 2016/17 is £0.484p.

You can apply for small business rate relief if:

  • Your 2010 rateable value is £6,000 or below. You will receive small business rate relief at 100% (doubled from 50%)

  • Your 2010 rateable value is between £6,001 and £11,999 inclusive. The small business multiplier is used and you will receive relief on a sliding scale - from 100% at £6,001 to 0% at £12,000
  • You occupy more than one property and the 2010 rateable value of each of your properties is less than £2,600, with the rateable value of all of these properties combined being less than £18,000

You can apply for small business rates relief at any time during the current valuation period and for a further six months after the end of the period.

From 1 April 2017, the 2017 rating list comes into effect. This means that you can apply for small business rate relief up to and including 30 September 2017, and have this backdated to 1 April 2010.

For applications received on the 1 October 2017, and later, small business rate relief can only be backdated to 1 April 2017.

Apply for small business rate relief

Please complete our form to apply for small business rate relief:

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If you take on an additional property

The rules changed in February 2014, so that if you occupy an additional property, you keep the small business rate relief on the original property for 12 months.

If something changes that could affect your business rate relief

If something changes that could affect your small business rate relief you must tell us straight away. You can do so by contacting us using the contact details on this page.

 
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