Apply for small business rate relief

You might be entitled to small business rate relief for your property. This will reduce your business rates bill.

How do we work out small business rate relief?

The small business rate multiplier is used to work out 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 cannot get another mandatory relief (for instance as a charity, Community Amateur Sports Club or rural rate relief)

An extra discount is available where the rateable value is less than £15,001 (£12,000 prior to 1 April 2017).

If you get a second property, you will still get rate relief on your main property for 12 months.

You can still get small business rate relief on your main property after this if both the following apply:

  • none of your other properties have a rateable value above £2,899
  • the total rateable value of all your properties is less than £20,000

Apply for small business rate relief

Apply for small business rate relief

You can write to us with details of the property you want to claim relief on. Email brates@guildford.gov.uk or write to Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB.

Include: 

  • the date you want to claim from
  • details (address and rateable value) of any other properties that you occupy in England or state that you only occupy the one property you are applying for relief on
  • state in what capacity you are making the application for example partner, director or trustee

More information on small business rate relief 

Relief available to small businesses from 1 April 2017

Rateable Value

From 1 April 2017

Less than or equal to £12,000

  • exempt from small business support
  • 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 2016/17

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