Small business rate relief
You can get small business rate relief if:
- your property’s rateable value is less than £15,000
- your business only uses one property - you may still be able to get relief if you use more
Amount of business rate relief available to ratepayers
For a property with a rateable value of not more than:
- £15,000 the ratepayer will receive a relief of up to a maximum of 100%
- £12,000 the ratepayer will receive a relief of 100%
Ratepayers who can apply for relief
Generally, this relief is only available to ratepayers who occupy:
- (a) one property, or
- (b) one main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,899
The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the combined total rateable value of all the properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed £19,999 outside London or £27,999 in London on each day for which relief is being claimed.
If the rateable value, or combined total rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will stop from the day of the increase.
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 they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.
Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to us ( Barnet Council ) by a ratepayer who is in receipt of relief (other changes will be picked up by us.
The changes you must tell us about:
- (a) the ratepayer taking up occupation of an additional property, and
- (b) an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer in an area other than the area of the local authority which granted the relief.
Apply for small business rate relief
At Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced a one-third discount for eligible retail businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000, up to state aid limits.
This scheme will run for 2 years from April 2019. This discount will be applied to the bill after the application of any reliefs, excluding any local discounts.
The following are not eligible for this relief:
- financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
- other services (e.g. estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)
- medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
- professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors)
- post office sorting offices
- businesses that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public
- cinemas, theatres and museums
- nightclubs and music venues
- properties used for physical recreation e.g. gyms
If you feel you are eligible for this relief please contact us at Business Rates on 020 8359 2735 or
download the retail discount form (PDF) and return the form to:
PO Box 2016
Unoccupied property rating
Business rates will not be payable in the first 3 months that a property is empty. This is extended to 6 months in the case of certain industrial properties.
After this period rates are payable in full unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government by order.
In most cases the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs. In addition, there are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate.
Full details on exemptions can be obtained from the Business Rates Department. If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your bill.
Local discounts/discretionary rate relief
We can grant discretionary local discounts. Full details can be read in the discretionary rate relief policy:
Revaluation support scheme
The support scheme will deliver business rate relief to qualifying ratepayer’s bills where these have increased due to the 2017 revaluation. The maximum award is £5,000
We have the discretion to give hardship relief in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us for information.
Charity and community amateur sports club relief
Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% mandatory relief where the property is occupied by the charity or the club and is wholly or mainly used for the charitable purposes of the charity (or of that and other charities), or for the purposes of the club (or of that and other clubs).
Relief for local newspapers 2017 - 2019
The Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,500 a year for 3 years from 1 April 2017, to office space occupied by local newspapers.
This is up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per hereditament, and up to state aid limits. The relief will be delivered through local authority discretionary discount powers (under section 47(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988). Eligibility criteria for this relief is set out in a guidance note: The case for a business rates relief for local newspapers
Contact Business Rates
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5:15pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Tel: 020 8359 2735
Write to us at:
PO Box 2016