The transitional arrangements scheme limits the amount by which the business rate bill can increase or decrease as a result of the 2017 non-domestic rating revaluation.

Some increases and reductions will be capped and phased in up to five years until the full bill is due.

Ratepayers whose business rate bills have increased above a certain amount as a result of the 2017 revaluation will have the increase limited and phased in.

Ratepayers whose bills would otherwise have decreased below a certain amount as a result of the 2017 revaluation will also have these reductions limited and the reduction will be phased in.

The transitional arrangements are required to be self-funding. Therefore, the phasing in of the reductions in bills fund the phasing in of the increases of other ratepayers.

These transitional arrangements are applied automatically and are shown on your business rates bill.

The business rate bills for 2020/21 will be capped at the percentage limits in the table below, when compared to 2017.

If your bill is increasing Property size
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Limit on increases
RV £20,000 or under Small
7.5% 10.0% 15.0% 15.0%
RV between £20,001 and £99,999 Medium
17.5% 20.0%  25.0% 25.0%
RV over £100,000 Large
32.0% 49.0% 16.0% 6.0%
If your bill is decreasing
Limit on reductions
RV £20,000 or under Small
30.0% 35.0% 55.0% 55.0%
RV between £20,001 and £99,999 Medium
15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 25.0%
RV over £100,000 Large
4.6% 5.9% 5.8% 4.8%

Transitional calculations are based on the small multiplier and applied before all other reliefs.

The transitional adjustments no longer apply once the full bill is reached.