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Small business rate relief

How to apply for small business rate relief

Small business rate relief - 1 April onwards

Recently the Government has changed the rules surrounding small business rates relief. They've increased the limits surrounding Rateable Value. From 1 April 2017 the changes are:

  • 100% relief is given to ratepayers with a rateable value of £12,000 and below
  • for ratepayers with rateable values between £12,001 and £15,000 a tapered relief from 100% to 0% applies

Who can apply?

The relief is only available to ratepayers who are liable to pay non-domestic rates on either:

  • one occupied property in England only, or;
  • one main occupied property only where additional occupied properties in England do not exceed a rateable value of £2,899 individually. And where all the properties combined do not exceed a rateable value of £19,999
  • for all occupied non-domestic properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999, a lower small business rates multiplier will be applied automatically (for 2017/18 this is 46.6p)

Therefore, if you occupy more than one property, your entitlement to relief is dependant on the rateable values of the other properties you occupy. 

From 14 February 2014, additional rules were created. These allow ratepayers to retain the relief (where it would usually be lost immediately) for up to 12 months when a second non-disregarded property becomes occupied.

Small business rate relief – 2010 - 2017

You may be able to claim for backdated relief prior to 1 April 2017. 

The 2010 – 2017 Scheme

The relief scheme in operation from 1 October 2010 is:

  • 100% to sole businesses with a rateable value of £6,000 and below
  • for sole businesses with rateable values between £6,001 and £12,000 tapered relief from 100% down to nothing applies
  • for businesses with rateable values between £12,001 and £17,999 a lower business rates multiplier will apply (in 2016/17 this is 48.4p)

Who can apply?

Relief is available to ratepayers who pay business rates on either:

  • one occupied property in England with a rateable value of £17,999 or below, or; 
  • one occupied main property and other additional properties in England, where the additional properties do not have a rateable value above £2,599 individually. And where the combined rateable value of all the properties does not exceed £17,999

Apply for small business rate relief

The easiest way to apply is to complete an application on-line.

What you'll need to apply for Small Business Rate Relief:

  • your business rates account number (you can find this on your bill)
  • the business address

Apply for small business rate relief

Once we have assessed your application we'll send you a bill or written confirmation of the outcome. The bill will confirm your award and your revised instalments.