Retail Rate Relief

The Government announced at Autumn Budget 2018 that it will provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021.

The value of discount will be one third of the bill, after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs have been applied. This is only available to properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 on properties that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.

It can be awarded to more than one property for the same ratepayer but this cannot exceed the state did limits, therefore we may ask you to complete a state aid declaration form.

If you think you may be entitled to retail relief and wish to apply, contact the Revenues Department on 01908 253794 or We will need to establish what type of business you run and where multiple uses exist we may require an inspection of the premises to confirm that the property is wholly or mainly used for retail purposes.

Example business type eligibility for retail relief
Yes No
Art galleries Accountants
Bakers ATMs
Bars Banks
Beauty salons Betting shops
Butchers Building Societies
Car hire Bureaux de change
Car/caravan show rooms Chiropractors
Carpets shops Cinemas
Charity shops Dentist
Chemists Doctors
Coffee shops Employment agencies
Double glazing Estate agents
Dry cleaners Financial advisers
Florists Gyms
Funeral directors Insurance agents
Garden centres Letting agents
Greengrocers Museums
Grocers Music Venues
Hair dressers Nightclubs
Hardware stores Osteopaths
Jewellers Pawn brokers
Key cutting Payday lenders
Laundrettes Post office sorting offices
Markets Solicitors
Nail bars Theatres
Newsagents Tutors
Off licences Vets
PC/TV/domestic appliance repair  
Petrol stations  
Photo processing  
Post offices  
Sandwich shops  
Second hand car lots  
Shoe repairs  
Tanning shops  
Ticket offices  
Tool hire  
Travel agents  

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, including mixed uses.


Last Updated: 16 July 2019