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Support for small business relief

If your business lost small business rate relief or mandatory rural rate relief due to the 2017 revaluation, you may be eligible for support

The relief scheme

In March 2017 the government announced a new relief for ratepayers who, as a result of the 2017 revaluation, lost eligibility to:

  • small business rate relief; or
  • mandatory rural rate relief 

The relief will limit year on year increases when compared to the annual charge the year before. The increases are capped to the greater of:

  • 5% for 2017-18
  • 7.5% for 2018-19
  • 10% for 2019-20
  • 15% for 2020-21
  • 15% for 2021-22
  • a cash value of £600 per year

Please note, we'll also add inflation adjustment to the figures given above.

Who qualifies?

You may qualify if you:

  • were entitled to small business rate relief or rural rate relief on 31 March 2017; and
  • lost your eligibility on 1 April 2017 due to the national revaluation

Eligibility will be lost if:

  • a charity or community amateur sports club newly occupies a property
  • the property is left vacant

You won't qualify if the award of relief would exceed State Aid limits. For more information about State Aid, please visit the GOV.UK site.

How to apply

If we're happy that you qualify, we'll automatically award the relief. If we haven't awarded it automatically, you can download an application form.

To apply you'll need your:

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

Apply for small business relief support