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Small Business Rate Relief for small Post Offices
The Small Business Rate Relief for small Post Offices is a Northern Ireland government initiative that includes enhanced rate relief for small Post Offices. The aim of the rate relief scheme is to help maintain services in disadvantaged areas, particularly smaller, independent Post Offices.
Eligibility for the Small Business Rate Relief is based on the Net Annual Value (NAV) of your Post Office.
There are three levels of Small Business Rate Relief for Post Offices:
- Post Offices with a NAV of £9,000 or less will be awarded 100 per cent relief
- Post Offices with a NAV of more than £9,000 but not more than £12,000 will receive 50 per cent relief
- Post Offices with a NAV of more than £12,000 but not more than £15,000 will receive 20 per cent relief
The Small Business Rate Relief for small Post Offices came into effect on 1 April 2010, initially for a term of five years, but has since been extended annually on review.
Do I need to apply?
There is no application procedure for the Small Business Rate Relief for small Post Offices. Instead, relief will be applied automatically to your business rates bill by Land & Property Services (LPS) if your Post Office qualifies. This will ensure that if you are eligible you will receive the benefit of the rate relief immediately.
There may be occasions, due to data quality issues, when LPS may not have the relevant information to apply the rate relief automatically, or they may have awarded it when it is not due. If you think that you should have been awarded the rate relief, or you believe you have been awarded it in error, you should contact LPS. You can contact LPS by using the following methods:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel 0300 200 7801 (charged at local rate)
- Tel +44 28 9049 5794 if calling from outside the UK
- Text relay 18001 0300 200 7801
Please note: LPS Customer Information Centres will be closed until further notice. All Ordnance Survey services are available online or you can email queries to Mapping.Helpdesk@finance-ni.gov.uk. Helplines for rating and valuation, housing benefit, rates relief and land registration are open.
Further information on service updates, helpline numbers and reaching LPS by email are available on the LPS website.