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Small business rate relief

4. How to apply

You can make an application for small business rate relief using the form below or by contacting the Business Rates Team on 0161 474 5188 who will be happy to offer you advice on whether or not you are eligible to claim.

If the rateable value of a property is altered and the property subsequently meets with the small business rate relief criteria, an application for such relief can be submitted up to six months after the date of notification of the alteration.

Remember it is a criminal offence for you to give false information when applying for Small Business Rate Relief.

Download the application form (PDF 169Kb)

Your completed application form should be sent to:

Business Rates Team
Town Hall


Up to 30th September 2017 Ratepayers can still request backdate to 1st April 2010. You will need to do this in writing if the request goes back to the period from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2012.

From 1st October 2017 Ratepayers will only be able to backdate Small Business Rate Relief to 1st April 2012. This can be done by contacting the team or completing the form above.

The maximum period that we can backdate Small Business Rate Relief for at any time will be six years.