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Small business rate relief

How to apply for small business rate relief.

You can apply for relief in two ways:

  1. Complete the  icon small business rate relief application form [153.4KB] and return to us.
  2. Write to us with details of the property you want to claim relief on, the date you want to claim from, plus details (address and rateable value) of any other properties that you occupy in England or a statement that you only occupy the one property that you are applying for relief on. Please state clearly in what capacity you are making the application for example partner, director, trustee. Please note that applications made in writing can not be backdated prior to 1 April 2012.

The small business rate multiplier is used to calculate all bills for properties with a rateable value of less than £18,000 (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2017) or £51,000 (1 April 2017 onwards) provided:

  • The property is occupied
  • The property is not eligible for another mandatory relief (for instance as a charity, Community Amateur Sports Club, or rural rate relief)

An additional discount is available where the rateable value is less than £15,001 (£12,000 prior to 1 April 2017) and the ratepayer either occupies only one property in England, or where they occupy more than one property each of the other properties has a rateable value of less than £2,900 (£2,600 prior to 1 April 2017) and together the total rateable values of all the properties is less than £20,000 (£18,000 prior to 1 April 2017).

 

Relief available to small business from 1 April 2017
Rateable Value2017/18
Less than or equal to £12,000
  • exempt from small business supplement
  • plus 100% relief
Greater than £12,000 and less than £15,001
  • exempt from small business supplement
  • relief granted on a tapering scale
Greater than or equal to £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • exempt from small business supplement

 

Relief available to small businesses

Rateable Value

2016/17

Less than or equal to £6,000

  • exempt from small business supplement
  • plus 100% relief

Greater than £6,000 and less than £12,000

  • exempt from small business supplement
  • plus more than 1% for every £120 in rateable value

Greater than or equal to £12,000 and less than £18,000

  • exempt from small business supplement