Small Business Rate Relief

A reduction may apply if you are a small business

Will I qualify for relief?

You can get this relief if:

  • You occupy one business property in England
  • The property has a rateable value of less than £15,000

The relief does not apply to empty properties.

What will I get?

  • You will not pay business rates on a property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less
  • For properties with a rate-able value of £12,001 to £15,000 the rate of relief will go down gradually from 100% to 0%

Here are some examples:

Rateable Value (up to)

Percentage Reduction

£12,000 100%
£12,750 75%
£13,500 50%
£14,250 25%
£15,000 0%

What if I use more than one property?

When you get a second property, you’ll keep getting any existing relief on your main property for 12 months.

You can still get small business rate relief on your main property after this if both the following apply:

  • None of your other properties have a rateable value above £2,899
  • The total rateable value of all your properties is less than £20,000

What if you’re a small business but do not qualify for small business rate relief?

If your property has a rate-able value below £51,000, your bill will be calculated using the small business multiplier, which is lower than the standard one.

Empty properties and businesses in receipt of charitable relief will always have the bill calculated based on the standard multiplier

How do I apply?


You can apply for Small Business Rate Relief through Open Portal.


Download and complete the form and send to us at . You must include the Business Rate account reference number in your email to us and the word reference in the subject of your email. For example 'Reference [Your Business Rate number]'


Download and complete the form and send to us at Gloucester City Revenues & Benefits, PO Box 2017, PERSHORE, WR10 9BJ

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