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Supporting small businesses relief

This relief is available to ratepayers who have lost some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief as a result of an increase in rateable value in the 2017 revaluation. This relief was introduced from 1 April 2017 to help phase-in large percentage increases for those affected.

The current rating list was due to end on 31 March 2022, however due to Covid-19, the revaluation has been postponed for a year. The supporting small business relief scheme was due to end in 2022, but has been extended, to continue to assist those businesses who saw large rises in their rateable value in 2017.

The scheme limits any increase in business rates to £600 per year. Relief will automatically be applied each year that the business is eligible to receive it; this could be every year or could end sooner if the bill amount without the relief is reached.

This means that in the first year of the scheme, all ratepayers losing some or all of their small business rate or rural rate relief will have the increase in their bill capped at £600. For year two to five onwards, the bill will increase by no more than £600 per year. This means that by year five, overall bills will increase by a maximum of £3,000. 

Should your property become empty during the period of the scheme or if you are entitled to mandatory relief for charities or community amateur sports clubs, you will no longer be eligible to receive supporting small businesses relief and your bill will return to the full amount due without this relief.

We automatically identify those ratepayers who should receive this relief and apply it to their bill.    

If you feel that you qualify for this relief but it is not showing on your bill, please contact the business rates team