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Rate relief for small businesses

Eligibility criteria for relief

If you are not entitled to any other type of rate relief, and you occupy a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000, you will have your business rates bill calculated using the lower small business rate multiplier instead of the standard non-domestic multiplier.

In addition, if your sole or main property has a rateable value of less than £15,000 you will receive a percentage reduction in your rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100%. This percentage reduction is only available if you occupy either:

  • a property with a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • a main property with a rateable value of less than £15,000 and other additional properties, providing those additional properties each have a rateable value of less than £2,900.

The total rateable value of all the properties must not exceed £19,999. Relief is only applied to the main property.

If you take on an additional property which would normally mean the loss of small business rate relief, you will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

In order to claim small business relief you should contact the Business Rates team using the details shown below.

Notification of changes

Ratepayers who are in receipt of small business rate relief must notify the council of changes which may affect their entitlement. These changes are:

  • an increase 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
  • a ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property
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