Small business rates relief

You will be eligible for relief if you occupy:

  • only one business rates property in England and it has a rateable value of less than £15,000 or,
  • you occupy more than one property, but the rateable value of your main property is less than £15,000, the rateable value of each of your other properties is less than £2,900, and the total rateable value of them all is less than £20,000. In this case relief can only be awarded to the main property.

If the rateable value is up to £12,000 the reduction will be 100% of the occupied charge. If it has a rateable value over £12,000 but below £15,000 the relief percentage reduces on a sliding scale (see below).

Rateable value Percentage reduction
£12,000 and under 100%
£12,500 83%
£13,000 67%
£13,500 50%
£14,000 33%
£14,500 17%
£15,000 and above 0%

Once in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief certain changes in circumstances need to be notified to the business rates section by the ratepayer who is in receipt of relief. The changes which should be notified are:

(a) the property falling vacant,

(b )the ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property, or

(c) 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.

Apply for small business rates relief