Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

  • 2016/17  Standard multiplier - 49.7p

  • Small business multiplier - 48.4p

These notes are intended to give a helpful outline of the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme, but they should not be regarded as a complete guide to the law.

What Small Business Rate Relief is available?

Eligible ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value of £6,000 or less will receive 100% rate relief. 

Eligible ratepayers occupying a property with a rateable value of between £6,001 and £12,000 will have their relief calculated on a sliding scale decreasing from 100% to 0%.  In addition the rate bill will be calculated using the lower Small Business Non-Domestic Rating multiplier rather than the Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier which applies to non-eligible properties.

Eligible properties with a rateable value from £12,000 up to £17,999 (outside Greater London) will not receive a percentage reduction but their rate bill will be calculated using the lower Small Business Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier rather than the Non-Domestic Rating Multiplier which applies to non-eligible properties. 

What is the Eligibility Criteria?

The relief is only available to ratepayers who occupy either:

  • Only one property, or
  • One main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties have rateable values less than £2,600 and the total rateable value of all the properties remains under the appropriate threshold (i.e. £18,000 outside Greater London or £25,499 inside Greater London). Relief is only available on the main property and not the additional properties.

The property must meet the criteria on every day for which eligibility is claimed.

Small Business Rate Relief is not available to ratepayers who are receiving either mandatory Rural Rate Relief or mandatory Charitable Relief.

In the 2013 Autumn Statement the Government introduced additional support to small businesses where they take on an additional property in England, which would normally have meant the loss of Small Business Rate Relief.  From 1 April 2014, the Government has confirmed that they will be allowed to keep the relief on the original property for a period of 12 months.  The Council needs to be advised by the ratepayer of when they took on the additional property and the address of the property.

How To Apply For Small Business Rate Relief

Occupiers of premises with a rateable value under £12,000 must apply to the Council if they think they meet the criteria for this relief, as it will not be awarded automatically.  You can do this by downloading and completing the Small Business Rate Relief application form at the top of this page and returning it to the Council.  Scanned copies can also be emailed to  

A claim for Small Business Rate Relief can currently be backdated to 1 April 2010, if applicable.

Please contact the Council for more information.