Melton Borough Council

Revaluation 2017

Support for Pubs and Small Businesses

Supporting small businesses relief scheme

At the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that a scheme of relief would be made available to those ratepayers facing large increases as a result of the loss of small business or rural rate relief following the Valuation office agency’s 2017 revaluation of non-domestic properties.

The Supporting Small Businesses relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is limited to the greater of:

  • a percentage increase per year of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 15% and 15% 2017/18 to 2021/22 all plus inflation, or
  • a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month).

In the first year of the scheme, this means all ratepayers losing some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief will see the increase in their bill capped at £600. The cash minimum increase is £600 per year thereafter. This means that ratepayers who are currently paying nothing under small business rate relief and are losing all of their entitlement to relief (i.e. moving from £6,000 rateable value or less to more than £15,000) would under this scheme be paying £3,000 in year 5.

Those on the Supporting Small Businesses relief scheme whose 2017 rateable values are £51,000 or more will not be liable to pay the supplement (1.3p) to fund small business rate relief while they are eligible for the Supporting Small Businesses relief scheme.

A change in rate payer will not affect eligibility. The scheme will run for 5 years but will not be available to vacant properties or those occupied by a charity or community amateur sports club.

An application is not necessary as all qualifying businesses have been identified and contacted separately. However, if you feel you should qualify for this relief, please contact Customer Services at contactus@melton.gov.uk 

Pubs Relief Scheme 

A new pub relief scheme is available from 1st April for 2017 for 2017/18 rating year only.

The scheme will be available to eligible occupied properties with a rateable value of less than £100,000.  Relief of up to £1,000 will be available to qualifying properties.

The qualifying criteria are that pubs should:

  • be open to the general public;
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided;
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed;
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar. 

The scheme is not available to businesses operating as:

  •  restaurants
  •  cafes
  •  nightclubs
  •  hotels
  •  snack bars
  •  guesthouses
  •  boarding houses
  •  sporting venues
  •  music venues
  •  festival sites
  •  theatres
  •  museums
  •  exhibition halls
  •  cinemas

An application is not necessary as all qualifying businesses have been identified and contacted separately. However, if you feel you should qualify for this relief, please contact Customer Services at contactus@melton.gov.uk