Reduce your business rates

Rural business location

Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to relief. The property must be the only general store, the only post office or a food shop and have a rateable value of less than £8,500, or the only public house or the only petrol station and have a rateable value of less than £12,500. The property has to be occupied. An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 100% of the full charge whilst the council also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

In addition, we can give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement where the rateable value is less than £16,500.

Please email if this applies to your business.

Supporting small business (SSB) relief 

At the 2022 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the 2023 Supporting Small Business (SSB) scheme will cap bill increases at £600 per year for any business losing eligibility for some or all Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief at the 2023 revaluation. SSB was first introduced at the 2017 revaluation to support ratepayers facing bill increases greater than the Transitional Relief caps due to loss of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.  

Charities and Community Amateur Sport Clubs are already entitled to mandatory 80% relief. As such they are not eligible for 2023 Supporting Small Business Relief. 

More information about SSB is on GOV.UK.

There is no need for you to apply for this relief, it will be automatically applied to eligible businesses. However, if you think you’re eligible for either relief and it’s not showing on your bill, please email