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Discretionary business rate relief scheme

Some businesses may be entitled to a discount on their business rates. This is called business rate relief.

Barnet Council's discretionary business rate relief scheme (revaluation support) is for the financial period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

The rate relief scheme supports the following principles:

  • focusing on small and medium sized businesses
  • commitment to distributing funds as soon as possible and automatically refund over payments
  • make eligible businesses aware by letter and telephone when businesses contact the council
  • ensure the application process is as simple as possible, so the grant can be allocated as quickly as possible

The scheme

1. The revaluation support scheme will apply for the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021 only.

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.

The government has made an allocation to the council to distribute over the four years. The total is £2.3m, where an award is made, and there is a subsequent change to a ratepayer’s bill, the amount of their relief will be reduced or removed accordingly, where:

  • a reduction in rateable value in the 2010 and, or 2017 rating lists
  • the provision of a certificated value for the 2010 rating list or historical change
  • the application of any additional rate relief or exemption
  • vacation and re-occupation of the property

2. Ratepayers who may benefit from the scheme will be in occupation of a property with a rateable value of up to £150,000.

3. The following will only be eligible where relevant businesses have been awarded an accreditation or can demonstrate they are working towards a Healthier Catering Commitment, as defined by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

  • restaurants
  • takeaways
  • sandwich shops
  • coffee shops
  • pubs
  • bars

4. The following types of uses are not eligible for revaluation support:

  • telecommunication masts and equipment
  • advertising rights
  • ATMs
  • delivery lockers
  • public toilets

5. Properties that are providing the following services are not eligible for revaluation support:

  • financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders);
  • gambling services (e.g. betting shops, amusement arcades, pawn brokers).

6. Properties where any of the following apply:

  • properties that are operated by the same organisation or business. This applies where the business runs 3 or more properties in the UK or in the UK and overseas
  • ratepayers in receipt of re-occupation relief in 2016-17 and, or 2017-18
  • ratepayers in receipt of small business rate relief support which limits increases on small properties caused by the loss of small business rates relief to £600
  • properties which were not on the rating list at 1 April 2017. (Relief will not apply where properties are entered into the list retrospectively)
  • ratepayers that were not liable for business rates in the year 2016-17
  • properties which are unoccupied.  Relief will be apportioned for properties subsequently occupied
  • ratepayers with arrears due prior to 2017-18 which are not subject to an arrangement agreed with the council
  • where the award of relief would not comply with EU law on State Aid. (The ratepayer will be required to confirm that they have not received any other State Aid that exceeds in total €200,000; including any other rates relief (other than exemptions, transitional or mandatory reliefs) they may be granted for their premises).

7. How the proposed revaluation support is calculated:

The support will be calculated after any or all of the following have been applied and before the application of the business rates supplement. Revaluation support will not apply to the supplement:

  • exemptions
  • mandatory or discretionary reliefs
  • transitional reduction

8. Value of the Revaluation Support in 2017-18:

All businesses facing an increase in rates from 2010 to 2017 Valuation lists will be subject to an inflationary increase of 2%.  Beyond that transitional relief will limit the increase to 5%, 12.5% or 42% for small, medium or large businesses respectively.  Revaluation Support will only apply after transitional protection.

The maximum percentages of revaluation support available on the net rates bill after the reliefs and exemptions described above and before the business rates supplement are shown below:

Small Properties – with rateable value up to £28,000

Increase in rates bill Revaluation Support payable
3% -  3.99% 1%
4% -  4.99% 2%
5% -  5.99% 3%
6% -  6.99% 4%
7% and over 5%

 

Medium Properties– Rateable Value £28,001 to £100,000 (excludes business rate supplement)

Increase in business rate bill Revaluation Support payable
5% -   6.99% 3%
7% -   8.99% 5%
9% -   9.99% 7%
10% - 11.99% 8%
12% and over 8.5%

 

Large Properties – Rateable Value of £101,000 to £150,000 (excludes business rate supplement)

Increase in business rate bill Revaluation Support payable
10% and over 5%

The maximum award is £5,000 per property in 2017-18. Where the award is less than £50, the award will be rounded to £50, in year 1.

9. Value of the Revaluation Support in 2018-19, and 2019-20:

  • the relief awarded in year 2018-19 will be 50% of the relief made in 2017-18
  • the relief awarded in year 2019-20 will be 50% of the relief made in 2018-19

10. In the event that the value of the grant received (£2.3m) is exceeded, no further applications will be considered unless funds are returned to the allocation pot due to changes in the amount of relief awarded, e.g. due to a vacation of the property and change of ratepayer.

11. In the event that the funding is underspent, and in exceptional circumstances, the council may decide to relax some of the criteria and make an award.  Furthermore the funding allocation of £40,000 for the fourth and final year of the scheme 2020-21 will be awarded to any exceptional cases at that time.

Revaluation support application

Download the revaluation support application (Word)

Contact Business Rates

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5:15pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm

Tel: 020 8359 2735

Email: businessrates@barnet.gov.ukExternal link

Write to us at:

Business Rates
PO Box 2016
Pershore 
WR10 9BH

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