Help for retail properties from April 2019

In the Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced a new relief scheme for retail properties that have a rateable value of below £51,000. Under the scheme, eligible ratepayers will receive a one-third discount off their daily chargeable amount. The discount will have effect for 2019/20 and 2020/21. State aid rules will apply to the retail discount in the normal way.

To be eligible for this discount, the retail premises must:

  • Be occupied;
  • Have a rateable value of less than £51,000;
  • Be wholly or mainly used as shops, including post offices, car showrooms, car hire, opticians, petrol stations, restaurants and cafes, including takeaways and drinking establishments, hair and beauty services.

Premises being used for the following will not be eligible for the discount:

  • Financial services (for example, banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers);
  • Other services (for example, estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies);
  • Medical services (for example, vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors);
  • Professional services (for example, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors);
  • Nightclubs and music venues;
  • Cinemas, theatres and museums;
  • Gyms and premises used for sporting activities.

See Business rates: retail discount - guidance for more information.

How to apply for discount

We have already applied the Retail Discount to the bills of ratepayers we have identified as being eligible. However, for new ratepayers, or if you feel you may be eligible and are not yet receiving the discount, please contact the Local Taxation Team (Business Rates) on the details below.

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