Reductions and reliefs

Small business rate relief

Small business rate relief (SBRR) applies to properties with a rateable value below £18,000, occupied by a small business.

These businesses can benefit from:

  • a percentage of relief from their business rates
  • a lower multiplier when we calculate their rates

If your property has a rateable value of £6,000 or less, you will get 100% relief (doubled from the usual rate of 50% until 31 March 2017).

If its rateable value is between £6,001 and £12,000, you will get a percentage of relief. The percentage you will get gradually decreases as the rateable value of your property increases.

If your property has a rateable value of more than £12,000, but less than £18,000, you will not get a percentage of relief, but you will still benefit from a lower multiplier when we calculate your rates.

Changes to SBRR from 1 April 2017

The government has announced that from 1 April 2017:

  • If your property has a rateable value of £12,000 or less, you will get 100% relief (doubled permanently from the previous rate of 50%)
  • If your property has a rateable value between £12,001 and £15,000, you will get a tapered percentage of relief.
  • If your property has a rateable value under £51,000, your business rates will be calculated using the small business multiplier (threshold increased from £18,000 in 2016-17)

What counts as a small business?

This relief only applies to small businesses. This means ratepayers who occupy either:

  • one property only
  • one main property, and other additional properties which each have a rateable value less than £2,600

You can only get SBRR on your main property. You still have to pay business rates on any additional properties with a rateable value less than £2,600, and cannot receive any SBRR on them.

You cannot get SBRR if any of your additional properties are valued at £2,600 or more. However, if you’re already getting SBRR and you take on an additional property valued at £2,600 or more, you will be allowed to keep your SBRR on your existing main property for a further 12 months. This extension of SBRR applies to businesses taking on additional property on or after 14 February 2014 only.

How to apply

Telephone: 0300 300 8011

Please quote your business rates account reference in all correspondence – your account reference is 7 or 8 digits long and starts with a 3, and you can find it on your business rates bill or any letter we’ve sent about your business rates.

A specialist officer will contact you to continue with your application.

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