Business Rates relief for small businesses

On 1 April 2005, the Government introduced the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (SBRR), aimed at reducing the rates burden on small businesses. Amendment of the scheme took place on 1 April 2017.

Small Business Rates Relief of 100% is available for ratepayers occupying a single property with a rateable value up to and including £12,000 from 1 April 2017, with tapered relief of between 100% and 0% for properties with rateable values between £12,001 and £15,000.

The relief is only available to ratepayers who occupy:

  1. Only one non-domestic property in England; or

  2. One main property and other additional properties, providing those additional properties have rateable values of less than £2,900 and the total rateable value of all properties remains under £20,000.  Relief is only on the main property and not the additional properties. Ratepayers who meet the above conditions, but their property has a rateable value of between £15,000 and £50,999, will have their bill calculated using a small business multiplier. We use the multiplier when calculating your Business Rates bill. It indicates the percentage, or pence in the pound, of the rateable value you will pay in Business Rates; or

  3. Who currently receive Small Business Rates Relief and take on a second property with a rateable value of £2,900 or over, you will continue getting any existing relief on your main property for 12 months.

See how your rates are calculated on GOV.UK to find out more about how your rates are calculated on your properties rateable value.

Small Business Rates Relief is not available to ratepayers receiving either Mandatory Rural Rate Relief or Mandatory Charitable Relief.

Apply for Small Business Rates Relief

Complete the 'Application for Small Business Rates Relief from 1 April 2017' (PDF: 342Kb / 3 pages), which also includes further information about the scheme.

Last updated: Wednesday, 24 April, 2024.