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Birmingham City Council

Small Business Rates Relief

Small Business Rates Relief

Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) must be applied for in writing and is available for persons who occupy either -

(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 £2,599.

The rateable value of the property mentioned in (a), or the aggregate rateable value of all properties mentioned in (b), must not exceed £17,999 outside London or £25,499 within London, on every 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.

Ratepayers who satisfy these conditions will have the bill for their single or main property calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier rather than the ordinary non-domestic rating multiplier that is used to calculate the liability of other businesses.

In addition, if the single or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value which does not exceed £12,000, the ratepayer will receive a percentage reduction in their rates bill for this property.

For the period 1 October 2010 to 31 March 2015, eligible ratepayers who occupy a property with a rateable value of £6,000 or less will receive 100% rate relief rather than the usual 50%. Eligible ratepayers occupying a property with a rateable value of between £6,001 and £12,000 will have their relief calculated on a sliding scale from 100% to 0%.

From 1 April 2014, businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief will be allowed to keep that relief for a period of 12 months.

Once relief has been granted, a new application will not normally be required until the next general revaluation of non-domestic premises, which usually happens every five years.

We will pick up some changes affecting entitlement automatically, but need to be told

(a) if the ratepayer takes up occupation of a property they did not occupy at the time of making their application for relief, in which case a fresh application is required;

(b) if there is an increase in the rateable value of a property occupied by the ratepayer outside the Birmingham City Council area, in which case we will need to be informed in writing.

If there is still an entitlement to relief, it will normally be applied with effect from the day we are notified of the change.

However, if we are not notified within four weeks of the day after the change occurred, entitlement will cease with effect from the date the change happened and will only be reinstated from the date we are notified.

If you have any queries regarding your entitlement to Small Business Rates Relief please contact the Business Rates team on 0121 303 5509 / 0121 303 5510 / 0121 303 5511 or email business_rates@birmingham.gov.uk

To apply for Small Business Rates Relief please complete the form below and return it to:

Birmingham City Council
Revenues and Benefits
PO BOX 5
Birmingham
B4 7AP