Retail discount

March 2020 announcements

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in March 2020 increased measures for Businesses in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Occupied Shops, pubs, theatres, music venues, restaurants - and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector - will pay no business rates for 12 months effective from the 1st April 2020 regardless of size.

Ratepayers that will benefit from the Retail Discount will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public such as:

  • shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
  • for assembly and leisure (such as a community centre or gym); or
  • hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to Retail Discount for each of their eligible properties.

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

For a full list of qualifying businesses and criteria please visit the GOV.UK website.

How to apply

We will identify if your business meets the criteria above and automatically award Retail discount to your account. 

For further information on the March 2020 budget and Business Rates support for businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit our dedicated page.

Prior to April 2020, a Retail Discount of one third of the bill after other reliefs have been applied was available for properties which were:

  • occupied,
  • had a rateable value of less than £51,000,
  • used by visiting members of the public and,
  • 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.

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 and cash points
  • professional services such as estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers and tutors
  • medical services such as dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and vets
  • post office sorting offices.

Last updated: 19/03/2020 16:43

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