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Business rate relief elligibility

Small Business Rate Relief

Ratepayers who are not entitled to other mandatory relief or are liable for unoccupied property rates and occupy a property with a rateable value which is below £51,000 will (subject to a small number of exemptions) have their bills calculated using the lower small business non-domestic rating multiplier, rather than the national non-domestic rating multiplier.

In addition, generally, if the sole or main property is shown on the rating list with a rateable value of less than £12,000 the ratepayer will receive 100% relief. If the property has a rateable value between £12,000 and £15,000, the ratepayer will receive relief based on a sliding scale between 100% and 0%.

Generally, this percentage reduction (relief) is only available to ratepayers 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 £2,899 and the total rateable value of all of the properties is less than £20,000

Retail/Pub Relief

Unfortunately, at the time of publishing (26/02/2021), we have not received notification from Central Government as to whether these schemes will be available in 2021/22.

Charitable and discretionary rate relief

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) are entitled to 80% mandatory relief where the property is occupied by the charity or a CASC. Braintree District Council has discretion to give further discretionary relief up to 20% on top of the 80% mandatory relief. The Council is also able to grant discretionary charity relief up to 100% to non-profit making organisations and clubs.

Supporting Small Business Relief

Supporting Small Business Relief (SSB) was introduced by Central Government with the aim to help those ratepayers who, as a result of the 2017 Revaluation, lost some or all of their small business or rural rate reliefs. The scheme has been in operation for five years and ends in 2021/22.

Rural Rate Relief

The occupier of a general store or post office may be entitled to rate relief if the rateable value is £8,500 or less, and the settlement has less than 3,000 people.

Occupiers of the sole public house or filling station with rateable values of £12,500 or less could be entitled to rate relief. Relief is given at 50% of the full charge and the Council uses its discretion to remit the remaining 50%. We also have discretion to remit part or all of the rate bill on other properties in a qualifying rural settlement of 3,000 people or fewer, if the rateable value is £12,500 or less and the authority is satisfied that the property is used for a purpose which benefits the local community.

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Business Rates collected in the Braintree District

Collection Rates


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Business rate relief elligibility

Small Business Rate Relief

Retail/Pub Relief

Charitable and discretionary rate relief

Supporting Small Business Relief

Rural Rate Relief


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Rating of unoccupied non-domestic properties

Appeals against business rate bills


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