Apply for small business rate relief


Please read this information carefully before complete the online form.

Small Business Rate Relief became available from the 1 April 2010 to ratepayers that occupy a single hereditament (property) with a rateable value up to £12,000.  

The full relief of a 50% reduction is applied to those hereditaments with a rateable value of up to £6,000 decreasing on a sliding scale of 1% for every £100 of rateable value over £6,000, up to £11,999.

Until 31st March 2017 the usual rate of 50% relief has been temporarily doubled to 100% for properties with a RV of £6,000 or less, so there will be nothing to pay.

The rate of relief gradually decreases from 100% to nil for properties with a RV above £6,000 but below £12,000.

The relief is only available to ratepayers with either:

  • one property, or
  • one main property and additional properties, providing the additional properties do not have individual rateable values of more than £2,599, and the combined rateable value of all properties is under £17,999 (or £25,499 in Greater London).  The threshold for the combined rateable value is dependant on the location of the main property.

In addition to this relief on liability, eligible businesses with rateable values of between £12,000 and £17,999 (or between £12,000 and £25,499 in Greater London) will have their liability calculated using the small business multiplier.

The relief will be funded by a supplement on the rate bill of those business that are not eligible for relief with a rateable value greater than £18,000 where liability will be calculated using the standard multiplier.

You need only to make one application for the relief the relief each year and be eligible on the 01st April of each year.  If your business ceases to be eligible on a day during the year in question, the relief will cease on that day.  You must submit your application for the relief within six months of the end of the financial year to which it relates.

All hereditaments (properties) in England occupied by the ratepayer must be listed on the form and additional sheet if required.  It should be noted that, for any particular day, the billing authority will disregard the ratepayer’s occupation of an additional hereditament in England where:

  • its rateable value shown in the local non-domestic rating list for that day is not more than £2,599 and
  • the aggregate rateable value on that day of all hereditaments the ratepayer occupied in England is not more than £25,499 (where the hereditament for which relief is sought is situated in Greater London) or £17,999 (where the hereditament for which relief is sought is situated outside Greater London).

The application must be completed and submitted by the ratepayer or a person authorised to do so on behalf of the ratepayer as follows:

  • Where a partnership exists a partner must complete and submit the application
  • Where a Trust is liable the form must be completed and submitted by an appointed trustee
  • Where a corporate body is liable then an appointed director must complete and submit the form
  • In any other case the form can be completed and submitted by a person duly authorised to do so on behalf of the ratepayer.

Further information on the scheme can be found at

If you would like assistance with the completion of this form please contact the Local Tax team on 01733 452252 or email