Retail discount

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 a new Business Rates Retail Discount scheme for 2019-20 and 2020-21.

To qualify for the discount the property must be 

  • occupied,
  • have a rateable value of less than £51,000, 
  • be used by visiting members of the public and,
  • must be wholly or mainly being used as a shop, which includes post offices, car showrooms, car hire, opticians, petrol stations, launderettes, hair and beauty services, a restaurant or cafe, including takeaways and drinking establishments.

Upto the 31 March 2020 the value of the discount will be one third of the bill after any other reliefs have been applied.

On the 27 January 2020 the Government announced that it would extend the value of the Retail Discount from one third of the bill to 50% in 2020/21. In addition the scheme will be extended to include cinemas & live music venues. 

Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties. This is subject to State Aid limits.

Your property will not get a discount if it's being used for the following: 

  • Financial services, such as banks, building societies, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers, cash points.
  • Professional Services such as estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors
  • Medical services such as dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and vets
  • Post Office sorting offices
  • Theatres, museums, nightclubs, gyms and premises used for sporting activities.

How to apply

We have already contacted the businesses that we believe meet the above qualifying criteria and automatically awarded the relief. This will be shown on your latest bill as "Retail Discount".

If you qualify for this relief and we are yet to contact you please contact the Business Rates team, ensuring you provide your full contact details and details of the premises you wish to be considered for this relief.

Last updated: 2.46pm on Tuesday 18 February 2020

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