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 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 Business Rates Pub Relief [211kb] for further information.
The GOV.UK website also has useful information on business rates and business rates reliefs.