Business Rates 2020-21

Changes happening in Business Rates

The Scottish Government has proposed a range of Business Rates measures for 2020-21.

Poundage Rate

The Poundage Rate has been set for 2020-21 at 49.8p. An Intermediate Property Rate and Higher Property Rate has replaced the Large Business Supplement as follows:

  • Intermediate Property Rate is set at 1.3p above the Poundage Rate (51.1p) for properties with a Rateable Value from £51,001 to £95k
  • Higher Property Rate is set at 2.6p above the Poundage Rate (52.4p) for properties with a Rateable Value of £95,001 or over

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Scottish Government have introduced a 1.6% rates relief for all non  domestic properties in Scotland. This relief will be applied automatically.

Small Business Bonus Relief

From 1 April 2020 businesses must be in occupation to receive Small Business Bonus Relief.

If you currently receive this relief and your business property is now no longer occupied you should contact us by emailing [email protected] or phone 0300 100 1800 to let us know the date it became unoccupied. 

Transitional Relief

This is a relief available to certain businesses that have been faced with a steep increase in their rates bill due to the 2017 revaluation. It has been confirmed that this will continue for 2020-21 for the same hospitality categories defined in 2018-19. If you are entitled, any increase in your Business Rates will be capped at 1.747% in real terms (adjusted for inflation). This will also be adjusted to take into account the reduction in the gross rates bill by 1.6% as introduced by the Scottish Government due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Further details are avaialble on Transitional Relief.

Eligibility to Transitional Relief is subject to compatibility with EU State Aid rules.

Business Growth Accelerator

Business Growth Accelerator (also known as New and Improved Properties) relief is continuing into 2020-21.There are two relief types:

New Build Properties

If your premises are a new build, entered onto the Valuation Roll from 1 April 2018 onwards, you will pay no Rates until the premises are occupied.

Once occupied, the ratepayer will continue to receive full 100% Rates relief for a further 12 months.

Expanded or Improved Premises

Where premises are expanded or improved and the rateable value increases as a result of this, you will not pay this increase for 12 months.

The Rates for this period will be based on the ratable value prior to any such improvements being made.

Find out more about Business Growth Accelerator.