Relief and reductions
Small Business Rate Relief
How is the reduction calculated?
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.
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, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100%. For a property with a rateable value of not more than £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a 100% reduction in their rates bill.
Who qualifies for a reduction?
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.
An application for Small Business Rate Relief is not required. Where a ratepayer meets the eligibility criteria and has not received the relief they should contact their local authority. Provided the ratepayer continues to satisfy the conditions for relief which apply at the relevant time as regards the property and the ratepayer, they will automatically continue to receive relief in each new valuation period.
Tell us about a change of circumstances
Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to us by a ratepayer who is in receipt of relief (other changes will be picked up by the local authority).
The changes which should be notified are:
- The ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property, and an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of the local authority which granted the relief.
How to apply for Small Business Rate Relief
Please contact us if you think you may be eligible.