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Small Business Rate Relief

If you occupy a property and are not entitled to another mandatory relief you may be able to apply for Small Business Rate Relief.

Small Business Rate Relief scheme from 1 April 2017
If you occupy a property with a Rateable Value below £51,000 and you are not entitled to another Mandatory Relief then your bill will automatically be calculated using the Small Business Multiplier.

If your Rateable Value is less than £15,000 you may be entitled to a percentage reduction of up to a maximum of 100 per cent. The percentage reduction can only be given if you occupy either:

  • One property
  • One main property, with any additional properties having a Rateable Value less than £2,900 and the total rateable value of all properties remains under £20,00*  (Rate Relief is only available on the main property, not the additional properties).

To apply return the completed pdf icon application form [156kb]. Please read the attached guidance notes, before making your application.  If you call us, we may be able to grant the relief without the form.

*The Government introduced additional support for small businesses. From 1 April 2014, if you take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief on your existing property, you will be allowed to keep that relief for 12 months or until your circumstances change.

Small Business Rate Relief scheme from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2017
If you occupy a property with a Rateable Value below £18,000 and you are not entitled to another Mandatory Relief then your bill will automatically be calculated using the Small Business Multiplier.

If your Rateable Value is less than £12,000 you may be entitled to a percentage reduction of up to a maximum of 100 per cent. The percentage reduction can only be given if you occupy either:

  • One property
  • One main property, with any additional properties having a Rateable Value less than £2,600 and the total rateable value of all properties remains under 18,000* (Rate Relief is only available on the main property, not the additional properties).

*The Government introduced additional support for small businesses. From 1 April 2014, if you take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief on your existing property, you will be allowed to keep that relief for 12 months or until your circumstances change.

Completed applications in respect of the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2017 must be received by the business rates department before 30 September 2017.

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