You can get small business rate relief if:
- your business only uses one property with a rateable value of less than £15,000 or
- you use more than one property but the rateable value for each of your other properties is less than £2,900, and the total rateable value is less than £20,000
You can only get a discount on one property, and the amount you will get depends on the rateable value of your business:
- If your rateable value is £12,000 or below it will be 100%.
- If your rateable value is between £12,001 and £14,999 then relief will go down on a sliding scale from 100% to 0%.
If you don’t qualify for relief but your occupied property has a rateable value of less than £51,000 you will still pay less. Your bill will be automatically calculated using the small business rate multiplier (even if you have more than one property).
Supporting small businesses
You can get this relief if you lost all or some of your small business or rural rate relief as a result of a revaluation. It was introduced in April 2017 to help phase-in large increases in the amount billed for affected businesses and an amended scheme is in place from 1 April 2023.
The scheme limits any increase in business rates to a maximum of £600 per year. It will be automatically applied to your bill each year that you're able to get it - this might be every year or it might be sooner depending on if the bill amount without relief is reached.
In the first year of the scheme, all businesses losing some or all of their relief will have their increase in the bill capped at £600. For subsequent years of the valuation period, this bill will increase by no more than £600 a year.
Businesses with empty properties or charity or community sports club relief
If your business property becomes empty or you're eligible for mandatory charity or community amateur sports club relief, you will not be able to get the supporting small business relief and your bill will be the full amount - we'll identify where this is the case and apply it automatically.
If you think you should get this relief but it's not on your bill, please contact our business rates team.