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Small business rate relief

2. Eligibility

You may be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief if your business:

From the 1 April 2017

  • occupies one property in England which has a rateable value of less than £51,000.
  • occupies one main property in England with a rateable value of less than £15,000 and other additional properties providing those properties have rateable values of less than £2,899 with the total rateable value of all properties being under £19,999.

Businesses occupying only one property in England where the rateable value is above £15,000 but below £51,000 are in the 'buffer zone'. Such Businesses who fall into this category are not entitled to relief, but will not have to pay the supplement either. Businesses within the ‘buffer zone’ do not need to apply for the supplement to be removed as it is automatically done when the bill is calculated.

Ratepayers can only claim relief in respect of one property. Ratepayers must meet the criteria on every chargeable day for which they claim relief.

For the financial year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 the eligibility for Small Business Rate Relief was:

  • occupies one property in England which has a rateable value of less than £18,000.
  • occupies one main property in England with a rateable value of less than £12,000 and other additional properties providing those properties have rateable values of less than £2,599 with the total rateable value of all properties being under £18,000.

Businesses occupying only one property in England where the rateable value is above £12,000 but below £18,000 are in the 'buffer zone'. Such Businesses who fall into this category are not entitled to relief, but will not have to pay the supplement either.