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Business rate relief

There are several rate reliefs you can apply for to reduce your business rates:

Small business rate relief

Your business may be eligible for a reduction in its business rates if:

  • your business has a rateable value (RV) of less than £12,000, you won’t have to pay business rates
  • it has an RV of between £12,000 and £14,999, we can reduce your bill by 1% for each £30 below £15,000
  • you use more than one property, you can get small business rate relief if the RV of each of your other properties is less than £2,900 and the total RV of all of them is less than £20,000. We will award the relief on the property with the highest RV
  • your property has an RV below £51,000, we will work out your business rates bill using the small business multiplier instead of the standard one. We do this even if your business uses more than one property

Rural rate relief

You could get mandatory rural rate relief if your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000. You can get 100% off your business rates if your business is the only:

  • village shop or post office, with an RV of up to £8,500
  • public house or petrol station, with an RV of up to £12,500

If your business can’t get mandatory rate relief, we can still consider discretionary rural rate relief if the premises have a rateable value of less than £16,500. We will treat each business on its merits looking at the contribution and its importance to the local community.

Charity and community amateur sports clubs rate relief

Charities and community amateur sport clubs (CACSs) can get their bills reduced by 80% if a property is used for charitable purposes. We can top up the mandatory 80% with up to 20% discretionary rate relief.

Discretionary rate relief

We can award up to 100% discretionary rate relief to not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and Community Interest Companies.

  • help for small businesses: If due to revaluation you’ve lost all or part of, small business rates relief or rural rate relief you may be able to claim some relief of the next 5 years
  • hardship relief: In exceptional circumstances we can give relief to businesses vitally important to the local community that are suffering real hardship. This is sometimes called 'Section 49 relief'
  • local business rate discount: We can grant a local business rate discount for a fixed period to any ratepayer who does not meet the criteria for any other form of rate relief. We consider applications case by case
  • local newspapers: We can reduce business rates for office space used by local newspapers by up to £1,500 from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2025
  • expanded retail discount: For 2020/21 the retail discount is 100% for businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector. The Chancellor extended the retail discount in the budget on the 3 March 2021 for the first three months of the new financial year, 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021, at 100%. From 1 July 2021 the discount will change to 66% and be capped at £105,000 per business or £2million to businesses which were required to close under the regulations in force on the 5 January 2021
  • nursery discount: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the government introduced a 100% discount for Early Years Foundation Stage providers for 2020/21, this has been extended for the first three months of 2021/22. The relief is only available for Ofsted Registered Early Years providers where the property is mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation stage. From 1 April 2021 until 30 June 2021 the relief will be 100%, from 1 July 2021 the relief is 66% and capped at £105,000 per eligible business.

Somerset West and Taunton Discretionary Rate Relief Policy

If you would like to apply for a business rate relief other than small business, rural or retail please complete the PDF Business rate relief claim form and submit it as an attachment using the general enquiries online form.