Guide

Business rates relief
Last updated: 3 September 2019

Small Business Bonus Scheme

You can get business rates relief through the Small Business Bonus Scheme if:

  • the combined rateable value of all your business premises is £35,000 or less
  • and, the rateable value of individual premises is £18,000 or less

It's free to apply for rates relief, including the Small Business Bonus Scheme. You should be wary of anyone who proposes to apply on your behalf for a fee.

Use our business rates calculator to estimate your business rates bill.

Small business rates relief is handled differently in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Visit GOV.UK's rates relief for small businesses to find out more.

The benefits

Based on the total rateable value of all your business premises, the following reliefs are available:

  • rateable value up to £15,000 - 100% relief (ie no rates payable)
  • rateable value of £15,001 to £18,000 - 25% relief

If you have more than one business property, with a combined rateable value of up to £35,000, you can get 25% relief on each individual property with a rateable value of under £18,000.

You can save a maximum of £7,350 in 2019-20.

If you fail to declare additional business properties occupied in Scotland on your application, this may constitute fraud and appropriate action may be taken.

The Small Business Bonus Scheme is not available to payday lending businesses.

Apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme

You can apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme through your local council by completing an application form. You should be able to find this on your local council's website. The application form asks for your name, address and rateable value of the business property you occupy and to sign a declaration for anti-fraud purposes. You don't need to declare sensitive information such as turnover or number of staff.