Small Business Bonus Scheme
You can get non-domestic 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
From 1 April 2020 SBBS relief will only be available for properties that are actively occupied.
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.
Rates relief for small businesses is handled differently in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Visit GOV.UK's rates relief for small businesses to find out more.
Based on the total (cumulative) rateable value of all your non-domestic premises, the following relief is available:
- total rateable value up to £15,000 - 100% relief (no rates payable) on each individual property
- total rateable value of £15,001 to £35,000 - 25% relief on each individual property with a rateable value of £18,000 or less
You can save a maximum of £7,350 in 2019-20 and £7,470 in 2020-21.
If you fail to declare additional business properties occupied in Scotland on your application, this may constitute fraud and appropriate action may be taken.
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.