Business Rates discounts and exemptions

Small Business Rate Relief

You can get small business rate relief if:

  • you only use one property
  • your property’s rateable value is less than £15,000

What you get

You’ll get 100% relief for properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less. This means you won’t pay business rates on properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

The rate of relief will gradually decrease from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £12,001 and £14,999. 

You have more than one property

When you get a second property, you’ll keep getting any existing relief on your main property for 12 months.

You can still get small business rate relief on your main property after this if both the following apply:

  • none of your other properties have a rateable value above £2,899
  • the total rateable value of all your properties is less than £20,000 

You’re a small business but don’t qualify for relief

If your property has a rateable value below £51,000, you’re considered a small business.

Even if you don’t qualify for small business rate relief, your business rates will be calculated using the small business multiplier instead of the standard one. This is the case even if you have multiple properties.

The multiplier shows the percentage (pence in the pound) of the rateable value that you pay in business rates. You can see a list of current multipliers on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.

If your circumstances change

You'll need to tell us if:

  • you take up an additional property
  • if the rateable value of another property you use changes 

Backdating Small Business Rate Relief

Small Business Rate Relief can be backdated as far back as 1 April 2014, providing the qualifying criteria is met throughout.

Apply For Small Business Rate Relief

You can apply for Apply For Small Business Rate Relief by using our online form. Please ensure you have read and understood all of the information on this page before applying.

Apply For Small Business Rate Relief