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
- revaluation relief: If you have seen an increase in your rate able value from 01/04/2017 of more than 5% you may be able to claim relief. Contact us using the general enquiries online form to find out more
- 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
- Retail Discount: From 1 April 2020 we can award a 100% discount to those properties in the retail sector with a rateable value of £50,999 or less, this has increased from the one third we were able to apply in 2019/20. The discount can be applied across multiple properties as long as they are all within the retail sector and have a rateable value of less than £51,000
- Pub Relief: From 1 April 2020 we can apply a £1,000 discount from the net charge to any pubs which have a rateable value of £99,999 or less
- Somerset West and Taunton Discretionary Rate Relief Policy
- Approved Local Discretionary Rate Relief - Addendum
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.