2. Small business rate relief

You can get small business rate relief if:

  • your business only uses one property
  • your property’s rateable value is less than £12,000

Contact your local council to apply for small business rate relief.

What you get

You won’t pay business rates on properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less until 31 March 2017. This is double the usual rate of 50%.

The rate of relief goes down gradually from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000.


If your rateable value is £10,500, you’ll get 25% off your bill. If your rateable value is £9,000, you’ll get 50% off.

If you use more than one property

You can get small business rate relief if the rateable value of each of your other properties is less than £2,600.

The rateable values of the properties are added together and the relief applied to the main property.

You’ll keep getting any existing relief for one year when you get a second property.

You’re a small business but don’t qualify for relief

If your property has a rateable value below £18,000 (£25,500 in Greater London) you’re considered a small business.

Even if you don’t qualify for small business rate relief, your business rates will be calculated using the small business multiplier instead of the standard one. This is the case even if your business uses more than one property.

The multiplier shows the percentage (pence in the pound) of the rateable value that you pay in business rates. You can see a list of current multipliers on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.