Apply for small business rate relief

Important

Please read this information carefully before complete the online form.

Ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value which does not exceed £50,999 (and who are not entitled to other mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates) will have their bills calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier, rather than the national non-domestic rating multiplier.

Your bill will automatically be calculated using the Small Business Multiplier where this applies to you.

In addition, generally, if the sole or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value which does not exceed £15,000, you can also receive a percentage reduction in your rates bill rates bill up to a maximum of 100%. For a property with a rateable value less than £12,000, you will receive a 100% reduction in your rates bill.

Generally, this percentage reduction (relief) is only available to ratepayers who occupy either-

(a) one property, or

(b) one main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,899.

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all the properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed £19,999 outside London or £27,999 in London on each day for which relief is being sought. If the rateable value, or aggregate rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will cease from the day of the increase.

The Government has introduced additional support to small businesses. For those businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief, the Government has confirmed that they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

Please note that certain changes in your circumstances will need to be notified to the Council to ensure that your bill is calculated correctly. The changes which should be notified are— (a) taking up occupation of an additional property, and (b) an increase in the rateable value of a property you occupy in a different Council area.

You may also qualify for your Small Business Rate relief to be backdated if the Rateable Value on your property was below £12,000 prior to 01.04.2017. Further information about Small Business Rates relief, including an illustration of the relief that may be available to you can be viewed in the documents below: