Retail Rate Relief

 

Retail relief will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties for the year 2020/21 and will mean that these types of businesses will not have to pay business rates for the financial year 2020/21. The value of discount will be 100% of the bill, after any other reliefs have been applied.

The relief can be awarded to more than one property for the same ratepayer. The Government is bringing forward legislation to amend the rules around State Aid and therefore this will remove the previous restriction on awarding the relief where there were state aid limits.

The relief does not apply to an empty property unless the property has been closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID19, in which case it will be treated as it was occupied. If a property should become unoccupied during 2020/21 for any other reason the relief will end. 

If you fall into one of the categories listed in the table below, you don’t need to do anything at this time, or pay your April instalment. We’ll be reviewing exactly who is entitled to this relief and we will contact those businesses by early May.

Below are details of the type of properties that will and will not be eligible for relief. In order to receive relief the property must be used wholly or mainly for one of the qualifying uses.

Yes

No 

Florists

Banks

Bakers

Building Societies

Butchers

ATMs

Grocers

Bureaux de change

Greengrocers

Payday lenders

Jewellers

Betting shops

Stationers

Pawn brokers

Off licences

Estate agents

Chemists

Letting agents

Newsagents

Employment agencies

Hardware stores

Vets

Supermarkets

Dentist

Charity shops

Doctors

Opticians

Osteopaths

Post offices

Chiropractors

Carpets shops

Solicitors

Double glazing

Accountants

Car/caravan show rooms

Insurance agents

Vehicle repair workshops

Financial advisers

Second hand car lots

Tutors

Markets

Post office sorting offices

Petrol stations

 

Garden centres

 

Art galleries

 

Hair dressers

 

Nail bars

 

Beauty salons

 

Tanning shops

 

Shoe repairs

 

Key cutting

 

Travel agents

 

Ticket offices

 

Dry cleaners

 

Laundrettes

 

PC/TV/domestic appliance repair

 

Funeral directors

 

Photo processing

 

Tool hire

 

Car hire

 

Restaurants

 

Takeaways

 

Sandwich shops

 

Coffee shops

 

Pubs

 

Bars

 

Cinemas

 

Music Venues

 

Gyms

 

Theatres

 

Museums & art galleries

 

Sports grounds & Clubs

 

Night Clubs

 

Sports & Leisure

 

Stately homes & historic houses

 

Theatres

 

Tourist attractions

 

Public halls

 

Clubhouses, clubs & institutions

 

Hotels, guest & boarding houses

 

Holiday homes

 

Caravan parks & sites

 

The list set out above is not intended to be exhaustive as it would be impossible to list the many and varied retail uses that exist and there will also be mixed uses.

A subsequent announcement by the chancellor has extended a 100% business rate relief for 2020/21 to non-local authority providers of childcare but further guidance is awaited on this.  

 

Last Updated: 30 March 2020