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Small Business Bonus Scheme

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

This Scottish Government scheme helps owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, with a lower rateable value to claim non-domestic rates relief.

To apply, you'll need to go to your local authority's website to fill out a Small Business Bonus Scheme Application Form.

For businesses with 2 or more properties, if the total rateable value for all properties is less than £35,000, then you can claim 25% relief on individual properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.

For properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £20,000, the relief will be provided on a sliding scale based on the specific rateable value. Your council will provide further details after your application. 

Am I eligible?

Yes, if the combined rateable value of all your business properties is £35,000 or less and the rateable value of each individual property is £20,000 or less.

Relief rates will vary depending on the rateable value.

Only properties that are occupied are eligible.

The following businesses and properties are not eligible:

  • payday lending businesses
  • car parks
  • car spaces
  • advertisements
  • betting shops

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

All businesses in Scotland with business premises with a rateable value up to £20,000.

How long does this take?

This will depend on the complexity of your application.

Important information

Small Business Bonus Scheme relief is only available for properties that are occupied.

You need to apply directly through your local council: 

Next steps

Apply through your local authority website or visit the Scottish Government website for more information.

Support provided by Scottish Government