Transitional relief limits how much your bill can change each year as a result of revaluation.

This means changes to your bill are phased in gradually, if you’re eligible. You get transitional relief if your:

  • Property is in England
  • Rates go up or down by more than a certain amount

Your council will adjust your bill automatically if you’re eligible.

How much your bill can change by?

How much your bill can change by from one year to the next depends on both:

  • Your property’s rateable value
  • Whether your bill is increasing or decreasing as a result of revaluation

You stop getting transitional relief when your bill reaches the full amount set by a revaluation.

The business rates year is from 1st April to 31st March the following year.

If your bill is increasing

Year Rateable value up to £20,000 20,001 to £99,999 Over £100,000
2017/18 5% 12.5% 42%
2018/19 7.5% 17.5% 32%
2019/20 10% 20% 49%
2020/21 15% 25% 16%
2021/22 15% 25% 6%

If your bill is decreasing

Year Rateable value up to £20,000 20,001 to £99,999 Over £100,000
2017/18 20% 10% 4.1%
2018/19 30% 15% 4.6%
2019/20 35% 20% 5.9%
2020/21 55% 25% 5.8%
2021/22 55% 25% 4.8%

Further information about transitional arrangements is available in the business rates section or on the Government business rates website.