Small Business Rate Relief
This relief is only available to ratepayers who apply to their Council and who occupy either
one property, or
one main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value of less than £2,600.
The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all properties mentioned in (b), must be under £18,000.
Ratepayers who satisfy these conditions will have the bill for their single or main property calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier rather than the ordinary non-domestic rating multiplier that is used to calculate the liability of other businesses.
In addition, if the single or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value of up to £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 50 per cent for a property with a rateable value of not more than £6,000.
If an application for relief is granted, provided the ratepayer's circumstances do not change, the application will not need to be renewed until the next revaluation of non-domestic premises, which happens every five years. Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to the Council by the ratepayer (other changes will be picked up by the local authority). The changes which must be notified are:
the ratepayer taking up occupation of a property they did not occupy at the time of making their application for relief; and
an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of the local authority which granted the relief.
Notification of these changes must be given to the local authority within four weeks of the day after the day the change happened. If this happens, there will be no interruption to the ratepayer's entitlement to the relief. However, failure to notify the authority within this timeframe will mean the ratepayer ceases to be entitled to the relief with effect from the day that the change happened. If they are still eligible, the ratepayer will be entitled to the relief again with effect from the day that they notify the local authority. A notification that the ratepayer has taken up occupation of an additional property must be by way of a fresh application for relief; notice of an increase in rateable value must be given in writing.
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For more details on the eligibility criteria and on how to apply please contact the business rates section on 0845 300 5014 . A copy of the small business rate relief application form can be printed and returned to the address shown. Alternatively further information concerning business rates can be viewed at:
Budget Announcement – a further one-year increase of Small Business Rate Relief
On the 23 March 2011 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the current temporary increase in Small Business Rate Relief, which started on 1 October 2010 and was due to end on 30 September 2011, will continue for a further year (1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012). The measure doubles the usual rate of relief so that ratepayers with rateable values below £6,000 pay no rates at all for the period, while ratepayers with rateable values between £6,000 and £12,000 receive tapered relief from 100% to 0%.
The Government is aiming to make the necessary changes to secondary legislation by the summer. Once the legislation is in force adjusted bills will be sent to eligible ratepayers.
Full details of how the rating scheme operates and answers to many common questions can be found at
Rate Relief for Community Amateur Sports Clubs
Details of the requirements are available at