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Small Business Rate Relief - 2017 to 2022

The Governments rates relief scheme was introduced to help small businesses.  Relief is based on the Rateable Value (RV) of your business in the relevant valuation period.

How do I apply?

The easiest way to apply for rate relief is to download and complete the small business rate relief claim form and return it to us by attaching it to our online submission portal below.  Alternatively you can return it to the address stated on the form.

Who is relief available for?

Relief is available for businesses who occupy either:

  • One business property in England with a rateable value of less that £51,000.
  • One main business property and other additional business properties, providing the additional properties have individual rateable values under £2,900 and the combined rateable value of all the properties is under £20,000.

If you qualify when you occupy more than one property, you can only receive relief on the main property. Businesses that take on an additional property that would otherwise disqualify them from receiving the relief will continue to receive their existing relief for a further 12 months only.

Unoccupied properties and properties in receipt of charitable relief cannot qualify for small business rate relief (SBRR).

How much relief is available?

The amount of relief awarded depends on the rateable value of the property as follows:

  • Rateable value £12,000 or less – 100% relief.
  • Rateable value £12,001 and £14,999 – will receive a decrease on a sliding scale by an estimated 1% for every £30 of rateable value.
  • Rateable value less than £51,000 – liability is calculated using the small business multiplier. 

Any relief awarded will automatically be shown on the bills.

Change in circumstances

It is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement when making a claim for business rate relief.

You must notify the Council of any change in circumstances within 4 weeks of the day after the change occurred.

These changes include:

  • An increase in rateable value of another property occupied by the ratepayer outside the area of the Council granting the relief
  • Taking occupation of another property

Charitable and Discretionary Relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property which is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is mandatory and set at 80% of the full rate bill (or the transitional bill if applicable).

Community Amateur sports clubs can also qualify for 80% mandatory relief provided they are registered with the Inland Revenue as a Community Amateur Sports Club, known as CASC's.

For both of the above, the Council has the discretion to award up to 20% discretionary relief.

Bodies not established or conducted for profit whose main objectives are charitable or otherwise philanthropic or religious, or are concerned with social welfare, education, science, literature, the fine arts or recreation can be awarded up to 100% relief.

Empty Properties

Unoccupied properties may be liable for empty property rates. Rates are charged at 100% of the full rate bill (or transitional bill if applicable). Liability begins after the property has been empty for three months. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.

Once a property has been empty for three months (or six months if it is industrial) it will be liable for a full charge, unless it qualifies for a an exemption e.g.

  • a listed building
  • occupation is prohibited by law
  • the rateable value is less than £2900
  • it is subject to a preservation notice

Removing the Property from Rating

If, for example, a property is in such a poor condition that it cannot be economically repaired, the valuation officer (see below) may consider that it should be taken out of the rating list altogether.

Partial Occupation

If a property is only partly occupied, the Council has discretion to request that the valuation officer (see below) apportions the property’s rateable value between its occupied and unoccupied parts.

At present, generally, the empty property rate applies to the empty part of an apportioned building and the occupied business rate applies to the occupied part. The empty part will receive a complete exemption from rates for the first three months is it empty (or, for industrial property, the first six months). After the initial rate-free period expires, in most cases the appointment will cease to have effect and the occupied business rate will apply to the whole property.

  • Local Valuation Office

    Valuation Office Agency
    2 Broadway
    Broad Street
    B15 1BG

    Tel: 0300 050 1501