Can I reduce what I pay in Business Rates?

You can apply for small business rates relief if:

  • Your property's rateable value is less than £15,000 - this changed from £12,000 on 1 April 2017
  • Your business only uses one property - however you may still be able to get relief if you get a second property.

If you get a second property you can keep getting any existing relief on your main property for 12 months if:

  • 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  

We have a separate Small Business Rates form if you are not signed up to My Account.

You can pdf icon Apply for Rural Rate relief [135kb] if your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000 and is the only village shop or post office with a rateable value of up to £8,500 or the only public house or petrol station with a rateable value of up to £12,500.

The Spring 2017 Budget announced further support for ratepayers who had increased bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation.

The new pub relief scheme entitles qualifying businesses to apply for a reduction of £1,000 off your business rates if you're a pub in England with a rateable value of less than £100,000. Please see pdf icon Business Rates Pub Relief [211kb] for further information. 

The GOV.UK website also has useful information on business rates and business rates reliefs.

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