You can apply for if your property is in use and has a rateable value under £18,000. Your bill will be re-calculated using a reduced multiplier.
If your rateable value is under £6,000 you will receive a 100% reduction until 31 March 2017. Properties with a rateable value between £6,000 and £12,000 can get a reduction on a sliding scale between 100-0%.
You can also apply if you have more than one business property and the rateable value of each other properties is under £2,600. The total rateable value of all the properties must be less than the £18,000. In these cases only the main property will be eligible for the relief and the full charge will remain due on any additional properties.
From 1 April 2017, there will be changes to the Small Business Rates Relief scheme. The £6,000 and £12,000 thresholds will increase to £12,000 and £15,000 respectively. Properties with rateable values of £12,000 or below that meet the eligibility criteria will receive 100% relief. Those with rateable values between £12,001 and £14,999 will receive tapered relief.
If you are already in receipt of this relief these change will be automatically applied and you do not need to do anything.
You are reminded that by applying for SBR relief, you are confirming that you either only have one main business in England and/or you meet any of the first four points. Giving false information or knowingly making an application to obtain relief when you are not entitled to it is a criminal offence.
There are two types of Charitable Rate Relief - mandatory and discretionary. You can get up to 80% relief for mandatory and up to 100% relief for discretionary. You can apply if you meet any of the following:
There are two types of Rural Rate Relief - mandatory and discretionary. You can get up to 100% relief off of the charge. You can apply if you meet the following:
This applies to a property that has a rateable value of less than £16,500 that is within the boundaries of a rural village. We may not allow the relief if we are not satisfied that the property is used for the benefit of the community.
These are the villages that currently have a population under 3,000 for the purpose of awarding Rural Rate Relief:
|List of villages|
|Broomfield||Chart Sutton||Collier Street|
|Detling||East Farleig||East Sutton|
|Ulcombe||Warren Street||West Farleigh|
You may be eligible for relief if your property is empty and unfurnished. You can receive 100% relief for the first three months the property is empty and unfurnished. If the property is industrial, for example a warehouse, you will receive the relief for six months. When the 100% relief period has ended you will need to pay the full amount.
If the rateable value of the empty property is less than £2,600 you won’t have to pay Business Rates on an empty property. Once your property is occupied the exemption will stop.
If you’re having trouble paying your business rates you can apply for Hardship Relief. This is given at our discretion, is only a short-term relief and will only be given if it is in the interest of the community and taxpayers of the borough.
You can apply to pay less business rates if only part of your property is occupied. The unoccupied part must only be empty for a short time. We will ask the valuation officer for a certificate advising what the rateable value of the occupied part of your property is and you will only get charged for that part.
When you apply for a part occupied property relief, you'll need to attach a plan showing the occupied and unoccupied parts of the property.
Some land and property won’t have to pay business rates. These are:
To find out the definitions of each of the types of properties and land you can check out the Legislation website.
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