Frequently Asked Question

What is the small business bonus scheme?

Small business bonus is a reduction to the amount of rates you have to pay depending on the rateable value of your property (or properties). The table below explains the level of relief available depending on the rateable value bands:

Rateable Value of all properties

2017-18 Small Business Bonus

Up to 15,000


15,001 to 18,000


18,001 to 35,000


*on individual properties each with an RV up to 18,000

You can download a small business relief application from the list of forms on the main Business Rates page.

Backdating policy for Small Business Bonus applications: following a review of our operational policy effective from the 2016-17 financial year, we will accept any valid application for small business bonus to be backdated for a maximum of 6 years prior to the start of the year in which the application is made. We will not consider any backdating request prior to that period. All requests for backdating must satisfy the requirements of the scheme and where necessary, be supported by additional evidence.