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.
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
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.