This relief is aimed at helping small businesses where they are not entitled to another mandatory relief. Ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value which is not more than £50,999 will have their bill calculated using the lower small business rate multiplier.

In addition, if the rateable value is not more than £15,000, the ratepayer may receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill.

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Small Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

  • If you are occupying only one property with a rateable value of £12,000 or below you will pay no rates at all for this period
  • Those occupying only one property with a rateable value below £15,000 will benefit from a discount on their bill on a sliding scale (at a rate of 1 per cent relief for every £30 increase in rateable value above £12,000).

If you subsequently occupy another property (in any local authority) you will continue to qualify for this reduction on your existing property for up to a year.

If you currently occupy more than one business property, the percentage reduction is only available if the rateable value of each of the other properties is not more than £2,899 (and the combined value is below £20,000).

You should notify the Council if you take up occupation of an additional property or there is an increase in the rateable value of a property that you occupy outside this Council’s area.