Rate relief for small businesses

Eligibility criteria for relief

If you are not entitled to any other rate reliefs and occupy a property with a rateable value of less than £18,000 you will have your Business Rates Bill calculated using the lower small business rates multiplier instead of the standard non-domestic multiplier.      

In addition, if your sole or main property is shown in the rating list with a rateable value of less than £12,000, you can receive a percentage reduction in your rates bill for this property. This percentage reduction is only available if you occupy either:

(a) One property with a rateable value of less than £12,000, or

(b) One main property with a rateable value of less than £12,000 and other additional properties, providing those additional properties each have a rateable value of less than £2,600. The aggregate rateable value of all the properties must not exceed £17,999. Relief is only applied to the main property. 

In order to claim the additional small business relief you should contact the Business Rates team by telephone on 0845 602 0146 or by email: swindon.nndr@secure.capita.co.uk

Notification of changes

A condition of entitlement to Small Business Rate Relief will be that a ratepayer must notify the Council of changes that may affect the entitlement. These changes are:

  • Increases in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer which is not in the area of the billing authority granting Small Business Rate Relief.
  • The ratepayer coming into occupation of any property which is not mentioned in their application for relief (although the relief may continue for up to 12 months we still need to be notified when you take responsibility for another property).

Last updated: 08 April 2016. Was this information helpful?

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