Business rates reductions and exemptions

Small business rate relief

You can get small business rate relief if:

  • You occupy only one property.
  • Your property's rateable value is less than £15,000.

If your property's rateable value is £12,000 or below your bill will be reduced by 100%.

If your property's rateable value is between £12,001 and £14,999 your bill will be reduced on a sliding scale. Please see the following information to see how much Business Rates you would need to pay.

Small Business Rates Relief Tables 2019/20 (opens in a new window)

If you occupy more than one property you can still get Small Business Rate Relief on your main property if the rateable value of each of your other properties is less than £2,900, and the total rateable value of all your properties is less than £20,000.

If you are getting Small Business Rate Relief and start to occupy a second property that would otherwise mean that you did not qualify for Small Business Rate Relief, for example the second property is over £2,900 rateable value, or the two properties are over £20,000 when added together, you will keep getting any existing relief for one year from the date you occupied the second property.

If you are awarded Small Business Rate Relief and your circumstances change, for example you vacate the property or you start to occupy a second property, please inform us immediately.

Apply for small business rate relief (opens in a new window)

Please note that any appeals against the rateable value of a property are not dealt with by the council but by the Valuation Office Agency. They can be contacted on 03000 501501 or by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website (opens in a new window)