Small Business Rates Relief

With effect from 1st April 2017, ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value which does not exceed 50,999 (and who are not entitled to other mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates) will have their bills 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 15,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100%. For a property with a rateable value of not more than 12,000, the ratepayer will receive a 100% reduction in their rates bill.

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 2,899.

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all the properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed 19,999 outside London or 27,999 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.

The Government has introduced additional support to small businesses. For those businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief, the Government has confirmed that they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

Prior to 1st April 2017, only properties with a rateable value of less than 18,000 had their bills calculated using the lower multiplier. Additionally, properties not exceeding 12,000 received a percentage reduction up to a maximum of 100%. For a property with a rateable value of not more than 6,000, the ratepayer received a 100% reduction in their rates bill, so long as the ratepayer meets the criteria.

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.

Upon receipt of the information we will endeavour to process your application within 14 days.

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

If you require further assistance, please contact the Business Rates Department by email: taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk or by telephone: 01902 696669

If you would like to register for self-service where you can access information on your Business rates account please follow this link:- self service

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