Small business rate relief

The government introduced the small business rate relief scheme in 2006 to help small businesses who meet the criteria to reduce their business rates.

Who qualifies for relief

You can get small business rate relief if:

  • you have only one business property that has a rateable value less than £12,000
  • you have a main business property with additional properties and:
    • the rateable value of your main property is less than £12,000
    • the rateable values of each of your other properties is less than £2,600
    • the combined rateable value of all your properties is under £18,000

Ratepayers who satisfy these conditions will have the rates bill for their single or main property calculated using the lower small business non-domestic multiplier rather than the higher standard non domestic multiplier, which is applied to larger businesses.

If the rateable value on your property £18,000 or over, or its unoccupied, you won’t qualify for small business rates relief.

Note: If you qualify for another type of mandatory relief, such as charitable relief, you won't be able to get small business rate relief and the ordinary non-domestic rating multiplier will be used to calculate your rates.

How much relief you get

Up to 31 March 2017

If your property’s rateable value is £6,000 or less, you’ll get 100% relief, which means you won’t pay business rates.

If your property’s rateable value is between £6,000 and £12,000, relief goes down gradually from 100% at £6,000 to 0% at £12,000 (reduces by 2% for every £120 of rateable value above £6,000)

Check your rateable value and how much relief you'll receive

Apply for small business rate relief

You can apply for small business rate relief using our online form.

Disputing our decision

You can ask us to reconsider our decision if we don’t award you a relief or exemption. You can do this by completing our dispute form within 28 days of receiving our decision.