Business rates - Small business rate relief form

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Application form for Small Business Rate Relief

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Apply for Small Business Rate Relief using the Small Business Rate Relief form, you can then post it to us, or alternatively phone the Business Rates team on 01273 291981 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Small business rate relief is a national discount scheme administered by the council on behalf of the Government. You may be able to reduce your bill by 100%*, depending on your Rateable Value (RV). However, you must meet the qualifying criteria set out below. 

Further information on rateable values can be found at The Valuation Office Agency.

Qualifying criteria

The relief is only available to ratepayers who occupy either:

  • one property with a rateable value of less than £15,000 or
  • one main property and other additional properties providing the additional properties each have a rateable value below £2,900, and the aggregate rateable value of all your properties is below £20,000.
  • there are changes to Small Business Rate Relief for those who are occupying a second property on or after 14 February 2014 . In previous years, if you took on a second property with a rateable value of more than £2,599 you would no longer qualify for Small Business Rate Relief. From 14 February 2014 you will continue to receive Small Business Rate Relief on your first property for 12 months, even if you take on a second one. From 1 April 2017 the threshold for this rose to £2,899 when occupying a second property.

How much reduction will you get?

If your sole or main property has a rateable value which does not exceed £15,000, you will be entitled to a discount as follows:

  • if the rateable value is £12,000 or less, you will get a 100% discount;
  • if the rateable value is between £12,000 and £15,000, the discount is calculated on a sliding scale. For example, you will get a 50% discount if your rateable value is £13,500.

Increases in the levels of entitlement from 1st October 2010

In 2010 the Government introduced a temporary increase in the level of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). Eligible ratepayers will pay no rates on properties with rateable values up to £6,000. In other words, the current maximum discount of 50% has been doubled. Ratepayers with properties with rateable values between £6,001 and £12,000 saw their discount double. 

The Government announced in the 2016 Spring budget that from 1 April 2017, Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) will be permanently doubled and the thresholds will increase to benefit a greater number of businesses. Businesses with a property with a rateable value of £12,000 and below will receive 100% relief. Businesses with a property with a rateable value between £12,000 and £14,999 will receive tapered relief. The Valuation Office Agency have now re-assessed all rateable values, with the revaluation taking effect 1 April 2017.

Further information on rateable values can be found at The Valuation Office Agency.

Can SBRR be backdated?

Yes, relief can be backdated as far back as 1st April 2010, providing you have met the qualifying criteria throughout. The closing date for application is 30 September 2017.

Important Information you need to know about applying

Empty properties do not qualify for SBRR. Ratepayers in receipt of mandatory charity relief do not qualify for SBRR. You must notify us within 28 days of any changes in your circumstances that may affect your entitlement to relief e.g if you become liable for an additional property or extend your current premises. If you make a false declaration you can be fined, imprisoned or both.


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