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How to reduce business rates

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Small business rate relief

Ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value which does not exceed £50,999 (and who are not entitled to other mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates) will have their bills calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier, rather than the national non-domestic rating multiplier.

In addition, generally, if the sole or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value which does not exceed £15,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property of up to a maximum of 100%.

For a property with a rateable value of not more than £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a 100% reduction in their rates bill.

Generally, this percentage reduction (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 aggregate 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 sought. If the rateable value, or aggregate rateable value, increases above those levels, relief will cease 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 that they will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

Certain changes in circumstances will need to be notified to Barnet Council by a ratepayer who is in receipt of relief (other changes will be picked up by Barnet Council). The changes which should be notified are

  • (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.

Small Business Rate Relief application form (PDF 280 KB)

Unoccupied property rating

Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six 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..

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

The Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,500 a year for 2 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

Local discounts/discretionary rate relief

We  have the general power to grant discretionary local discounts. Full details can be obtained from the local authority, or from the policy attached.

Hardship relief

We have the discretion to give hardship relief in exceptional circumstances. 

Contacts

  • Business Rates
  • PO Box 2016
    Pershore, WR10 9BH
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  • Tel: 020 8359 2735
  • FAX: 0208 315 2258
  • Email: businessrates@barnet.gov.uk
  • Opening hours
  • Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5:15pm, Friday: 9am – 5pm

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