About small business rate relief

Small business rate relief is available if your rateable value is less than £18,000. Up to 100% relief can be awarded to businesses with rateable values of up to £6,000.

Rateable values from £6,001 up to £12,000 will receive a sliding scale of relief the relief percentage will decrease on a sliding scale starting at 100%. Liability for rateable values of less than £18,000 are calculated using the small business rating multiplier.

When a business has additional premises they are still eligible, providing the additional properties have individual rateable values of less than £2,600 and the combined rateable value of all the properties is under £18,000. Empty properties do not qualify as they are discounted separately.

You are not eligible for small business rate relief if you in receipt of:

  • mandatory or charitable relief
  • community amateur sports club mandatory relief
  • rural mandatory relief

From 1 April 2017, the rateable value thresholds will increase.  100% relief can be awarded with businesses with a rateable value up to £12,000.  Rateable value from £12,001 to £15,000 will receive relief on a sliding scale.  Liability for rateable values of less than £51,000 are calculated using the small business rating multiplier’