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Small Business Rate Relief

Small Business Rate Relief - Online Application

Small Business Rate Relief - Paper application

If you are responding to a Small Business Rate Relief review letter please complete an application online at

What is Small Business Rate Relief?

Small business rate relief is a reduction in business rates for occupied properties, in England, with a rateable value under £15,000. This relief can only be claimed on one property per business.

Which businesses qualify?

To qualify your business must have

  • Only one property


  • A rateable value under £15,000


  • More than one property where both the following apply
    • Rateable value for properties other than your main property is below £2,899
    • the total rateable value of all your properties is less than £20,000

If you have an award and obtain additional premises you will retain the relief on the original property for up to 12 months as long as you remain in occupation

Which businesses do not qualify?

  • Empty properties
  • Properties in receipt of other mandatory relief such as Charity or Rural rate relief
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000
  • Businesses with multiply properties where more than one has a rateable value over £2,899

How do I claim?

Applications can be completed and submitted on-line via the link at the top of the page.

How much could I get?

Any ratepayer who occupies a single non-domestic property within England, where the rateable value is less than 15,000 (£51,000 from 1 April 2017) will be entitled to the following relief:

Small Business Rate Relief entitlement
Rateable Value of main property Period Amount of Small Business Rate Relief
£6,000 or less 01.04.2010 to 30.09.2010 50%
  01.10.2010 to 31.03.2017 100%
£6,001 to £12,000 01.04.2010 to 30.09.2010 50% to 0% on a scale of 1% for every £120.00 RV over £6,000
  01.10.2010 to 31.03.2017 100% to 0% on a scale of 1% for every £60.00 RV over £6,000
£12,000 or less 01.04.2017 100 %
£12,001 to £15,000 01.04.2017 100% to 0% on a scale of 1% for every £30.00 RV over £12,000
£12,001 to £17.999 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017 Small Business Rate Multiplier only
£15,000 to £50,999 01.04.2017 Small Business Rate Multiplier only

Occupiers of a single business premises with a rateable value of £12,000 or less will receive 100% relief, with relief on a sliding scale from 100% to 0% for rateable values between £12,001 and £15,000.

Can my relief be backdated?

If you make a claim under the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme after 1 October 2017, the furthest your claim could be backdated normally is to 1 April 2012.

What changes do I need to report?

  • If your rateable value changes
  • If the business occupies additional properties
  • If other mandatory relief is received
  • If you move out of the property

How do I report changes?

Please email us at quoting your account number in the subject line