Small Business Rate Relief

From April 2010, small businesses with a rateable value of up to £12,000 may qualify for a reduction from their full rate bill. The cost of this relief is paid for by all other ratepayers. Small businesses with a rateable value of less than £18,000 will have a lower multiplier used to work out their rate bill.

Guidance for Applicants

The following notes are to assist ratepayers in their application for Small Business Rate Relief and inform them of the criteria which has been set by Central Government in order to determine the amount (if any) which will apply to your business rates.

The hereditament (property which relief is being applied for) must meet the criteria on every chargeable day in that year for which they are claiming eligibility.

1. The relief is only available to ratepayers with either:
a) One property, with a Rateable Value of less than £12,000 or
b) One main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties have rateable values less than £2,600 and the total value all the properties remains under the appropriate threshold of £18,000

 However, 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.

 2. The relief will be granted for the whole of the financial year but if your circumstances change i.e. you occupy more premises anywhere in England or there is an increase/decrease in your rateable value (which takes you out of the scheme) the relief will end from that date.

If your circumstances change you must inform the council except where it is for a rateable value amendment.

 3. The amount of relief depends on your rateable value (aggregated or otherwise) for those with a calculated rateable value of less that £6000 they will receive 50% relief.  For those with a rateable value over £6000 the relief is reduced by 1% for every £120 rateable value below £12,000 so if your calculated rateable value is £7,200 you would receive approximately 40% small business rate relief. 

Please note that the relief will only be awarded on one property, any other hereditament that have been used to calculate the aggregated rateable value, will not be subject to any relief. Below is a quick guide to how much you are likely to pay if your ratable value is higher than 6000 and less than 12000 based on the 2016/17 calculation (please note you must be in occupation of the premises to claim this relief)

Quick guide to see your Small Business Rate Relief


In the Autumn statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government will extend the increased level of relief for small businesses. This will temporarily increase the level of SBRR so that eligible ratepayers will pay no rates on properties with rateable values up to £6,000, with a tapered relief between 100% and 0% for properties with rateable values between £6,001 and £12,000. The increased level of relief will be available for 1 year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

If your business is eligible, you need to apply in writing contact Amber Valley Borough Council's Non-Domestic Rates Section on 01773 841444 or alternatively you can complete our online application form and submit directly to us.

Please note: This relief is for occupied businesses only

Please be aware that the requirement to re-apply for this relief from 01 April 2010 has been removed so that all existing applicants will have their application carried forward into the new 2010 Valuation List.

In claiming this relief you are required to inform Amber Valley Borough Council Rating Section (01773 841444) of any changes, which may affect your eligibility to the relief you have been granted.

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