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Find Out About Changes to Business Rates

Small Business Rate Relief from 1 April 2017

Premises with a rateable value up to £12,000 will receive 100% discount

Premises with a rateable value between £12,001 and £14,999 will receive tapered relief

Occupied premises with a rateable value up to £51,000 – charge will be calculated using the SBR multiplier

The criteria for second properties are also changing – the threshold for second properties is increasing from £2,599 to £2,899, and the aggregate value for all second properties is increasing from £17,999 to £19,999.

Ratepayers will continue to receive the small business rate relief for 12 months after taking on an additional property.

Supporting Small Business

Any business no longer eligible for small business rate relief will have increases capped to no more than £600 in the first year. See Rate Relief and Reductions for further information.

Discretionary Rate Relief

A £300m Discretionary fund has been made available to Council’s to assist businesses hardest hit by the revaluation. See Rate Relief and Reductions for further information on the Council’s scheme.

Empty Property Relief

The empty property relief threshold will increase from £2599 to £2899. (No rates will be payable on an empty property with an RV up to £2899)

Rural Rate Relief

The mandatory relief will be increased from 50% to 100%

Local newspapers

The Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,500 a year on office space occupied by local newspapers. This was due to run for 2 years from 1st April 2017.

At Autumn Budget 2018, the Government extended the scheme for an additional year (2019/20). This scheme provides up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament, and up to state aid limits.

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