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Small Business Rates Relief

 

Ratepayers who are not entitled to another mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates and occupy a property with a rateable value which does not exceed £17,999 outside London or £25,499 in London will have their bill calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier, rather than the national non-domestic rating multiplier.

 

In addition, generally, if the sole or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value which does not exceed £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 50% for a property with a rateable value of not more than £6,000.

 

However, until 31st March 2017, the Government has doubled the usual level of relief.

 

Generally, this percentage reduction (relief) is only available to ratepayers who occupy either-

(a) one property, or (b) one main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,599.

 

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all the properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed £17,999 outside London or £25,499 in London on each day for which relief is being sought. If the rateable value, or aggregate rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will cease from the day of the increase.

 

How do I apply for Small Business Rates Relief?

An application for Small Business Rate Relief is not required. Where a ratepayer meets the eligibility criteria and has not received the relief they should contact their Council. Provided the ratepayer continues to satisfy the conditions for relief which apply at the relevant time as regards the property and the ratepayer, they will automatically continue to receive relief in each new valuation period.

 

To apply for Small Business Rates Relief for the first time please contact us via telephone or email us at

taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk as detailed below.

 

 

What changes should I tell the Council about?

Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to the Council by a ratepayer who is in receipt of relief (other changes will be picked up by the Council). The changes which should be notified are-

  • the ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property, and
  • an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the      area of the Council which granted the relief.

 

Further information on SBRR, including the different levels of SBRR, and other rate reliefs are available at:

www.businesslink.gov.uk/businessrates

 

Other Help

If you have any further queries regarding any of the above reliefs, or are unsure if you qualify, please call: 01902 696669

Contacts

 

Business Rates Enquiries                                Revenues & Benefits                          
Telephone: (01902) 696669 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX

 

 

 

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