**How to use the Business Cost Calculator** | Guidance notes

# Set up compliance cost constraints form

In the "Set up compliance cost constraints section", you set the parameters or assumptions of your costings. This means, you decide on whether your ongoing costs will always be the same from year to year or change each year, and whether you want to cost by size of business (small, medium, large).

What you choose here affects the rest of your proposal - how you calculate your compliance cost.

To set up your constraints, follow these steps:

- Click the Set up compliance cost constraints link.
- Choose whether your costs will stay the same (be constant), or whether they will change from year to year (be variable).
- If you've chosen 'Variable', then choose the number of years you're costing. If you've chosen 'constant', the number of years you're costing will default to "1".
- Choose whether you'll be costing by business size (small, medium or large) or not.
- Click the Save constraints button.

Now, move onto calculating your costs.