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Business Rate Relief

Small Business Rate Relief

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You qualify for Small Business Rate Relief up until 31st March 2017 if :

  • You occupy one property with a rateable value of £17,999 or less
  • Or, if you occupy multiple properties, the main property has a rateable value of £17,999 or less and the additional properties each have a rateable value of £2,599 or less and the combine rateable value of all of the properties total £17,999 or less.

This must be true for every day that the relief is requested. If the rateable value (or combine rateable value) increases above these thresholds the relief will cease from the day of the increase.

If your rateable value is £6,000 or below you will be entitled to 100% Small Business Rates relief.

If your rateable value is between £6,001 and £11,999 (inclusive) Small Business Rate Relief is awarded on a sliding scale from 100% at £6,000 to 0% at £12,000.

If your rateable value is under £18,000 the smaller business rate multiplier is used to calculate your charge, you are not required to apply for this.

Small Business Rates Relief can be backdated to 1st April 2012, if eligible.

You qualify for Small Business Rate Relief with effect from 1st April 2017 if :

  • You occupy one property with a rateable value of £14,999 or less
  • Or, if you occupy multiple properties, the main property has a rateable value of £14,999 or less and the additional properties each have a rateable value of £2,899 or less and the combine rateable value of all of the properties total £19,999 or less.

This must be true for every day that the relief is requested. If the rateable value (or combine rateable value) increases above these thresholds the relief will cease from the day of the increase.

If your rateable value is £12,000 or below you will be entitled to 100% Small Business Rates relief.

If your rateable value is between £12,001 and £15,000 (inclusive) Small Business Rate Relief is awarded on a sliding scale from 100% at £12,000 to 0% at £15,000.

If your rateable value is under £51,000 the smaller business rate multiplier is used to calculate your charge, you are not required to apply for this.

If you wish to apply for Small Business Rates Relief please complete the Small Business Rates Relief online form.

Please ensure you maintain payments to your Business Rates account in accordance with your current demand until such time as an adjusted demand is issued.

Help for Businesses that take on additional properties

If you currently receive Small Business Rate Relief and take on a second property you will continue to receive Small Business rate Relief on your existing account for a further 12 months. You will be charged full Business Rates on the new property.

Changes in Circumstances

You must tell us about changes in circumstances within 4 weeks. These may include:

  • If you take up occupation of a property you did not occupy at the time of making your application for relief
  • If the rateable value of your property increases and it is in an area other than the area of the council which granted the relief.

Charity Relief

If you are a registered charity you can get 80% relief on the property that is occupied by the charity. This property must also be mainly or wholly used for charitable purposes.

Please download Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Discretionary Rate Relief Policy November 2017 for further details on the criteria for eligibility.

Other non-profit organisations may also qualify for this reduction. These include Church commissioners, voluntary schools and certain colleges and universities.

If you think that you qualify for Charity Relief please complete the Charity Relief Application Form.

Community Amateur Sports Club Relief

If you are a registered Community Amateur Sports Club you can apply for 80% relief.

If you think that you qualify for this relief please complete the Charity Relief Application Form.

For information about registering to be a Community Amateur Sports Club please visit their website.

Discretionary Rate Relief (Non-Profit Making Organisation Relief)

We have the discretion to give non-profit making organisations rate relief from between 0-100%.

Please download Southend-On-Sea Borough Council's Discretionary Rate Relief Policy November 2017 for further details on the criteria for eligibility.

If you wish to make an application for Discretionary Rate Relief please complete the Discretionary and/or Mandatory Relief Application Form.

Hardship Relief Discretionary

We may give Hardship Relief in special circumstances. To qualify for this relief:

  • we must be satisfied that you would suffer hardship if you did not get the relief
  • and it must be reasonable to allow the reduction taking into account the interest of the local Council Tax payers.

This relief is normally only given to businesses that are important to the local community.

Please download Southend-On-Sea Borough Couoncil's Discretionary Rate Relief Policy November 2017 for further details on the criteria for eligibility.

If you think that you qualify for this relief please complete the Hardship Relief Application Form.

Part Occupied Relief Discretionary

We can give relief on commercial premises that are partly occupied (as long as it is not long-term).

To apply for this relief please download Southend-On-Sea Borough Council's Discretionary Rate Relief Policy November 2017 for further details on the criteria for eligibility and complete the section 44A Application Form.

You must include a plan of the property with your application. This plan should clearly mark the areas that are occupied and unoccupied. An Officer will then inspect the property to make sure that the plan is accurate.

If the relief is agreed then we will ask the Valuation Office for a certificate of apportionment. This certificate determines the rateable value for the occupied and unoccupied parts of the property, and so you will only need to pay the charge on the occupied part.

Transitional Relief and Adjustment

Transitional Relief is granted if the rateable value of your property changes significantly as a result of revaluation. This relief means that the business rates that you have to pay will change gradually. If you get this relief, we automatically include this when we work out what business rates you should pay.

To help pay for the limits on increases in bills there are also limits on the reduction in bills known as transitional adjustment. These do not cover changes in rateable value due to changes to the property. For example, if an extension was built and the rateable value increased you would not be included in the transitional scheme.

Relief for Local Newspapers

On 1st April 2017 the government will introduce a £1,500 discount for office space occupied by local newspapers in England, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per rated property, and up to state aid limits, for 2 years.

Pub Relief

At the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced a £1,000 business rate discount for traditional pubs or public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000 for one year effective from 1st April 2017. The scheme is available to occupied properties and is subject to state aid limits.

At the Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced that the pub relief scheme will be extended for a further year into 2018/19. Qualifying pubs will continue to receive a £1,000 discount on their bill for 2018/2019.

Please download the relevant form from our related downloads for further details on the criteria and to complete an application form should you wish to apply.

Supporting Small Business Rates Relief

In the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced that a scheme of Relief would be made available to those ratepayers facing large increases as a result of the loss or reduction of Small Business or Rural Rate Relief.

The Transitional Relief Scheme does not provide support in respect of changes in Reliefs. Therefore, those ratepayers who are losing some or all of their Small Business or Rural Rate Relief may be facing very large percentage increases in bills from 1 April 2017. To support these ratepayers, the Supporting Small Businesses Relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is limited to the greater of:

  • A cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month)
  • The matching cap on increases for small properties in the transitional relief

Hereditaments eligible for Charity or Community Amateur Sports Club relief or hereditaments which are unoccupied are NOT eligible for Supporting Small Business Relief.

As with all reliefs, the amount of relief awarded under the Supporting Small Businesses relief scheme should be recalculated in the event of a change of circumstances. This could include, for example, a backdated change to the rateable value or the hereditament. This change of circumstances could arise during the year in question or during a later year.

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid. The application form requires you to confirm that you have not received any other State Aid that exceeds in total €200,000, including any other Business Rate Reliefs that you are being granted for premises other than the one to which this declaration and letter relates, under the De Minimus Regulations EC 1407/2013.

Under the European Commission rules, you must retain this for three years and produce it on any request by the UK public authorities or the European Commission (you may need to keep this letter longer than three years for other purposes). Furthermore, information on this aid must be supplied to any other public authority or agency asking for information on ‘De Minimum’ aid for the next three years. Further information on State Aid law can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid.

Please download the relevant form from our related downloads for further details on the criteria and to complete an application form should you wish to apply

Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme (DBRR)

At the Spring Budget 2017, the government announced that it would be providing funding to local authorities to support those businesses facing increases in their business rate bill as a result of the 2017 re-valuation, particularly those occupying lower value properties.

Under the Council’s scheme DBRR will be awarded to the value of the increase faced as a result of the 2017 re-valuation up to a maximum limit of £1,000 (subject to exclusions to the scheme).  For further details on the criteria please download a copy of the Discretionary Non-Domestic Rate Relief Policy which is available in or related downloads.

This scheme was approved at the Cabinet meeting held on 7th November 2017; amended demands have been issued to those ratepayers who qualify.

Page last updated: 30/08/2018