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Business rates retail discount scheme (2019 to 2021)

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Rate relief for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 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 2019-20 and 2020-21. The value of discount will be one third of the bill, and will be applied after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs have been applied.

Where we believe your business may qualify for Retail Relief we will apply this automatically. Please note annual bills dated 15 March 2019 do not show Retail Relief and revised bills will follow after 1 April 2019.  If you believe you may quality please refer to the notes and guidance shown below:

To qualify, the retail property should be wholly or mainly used as a shop, restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment. 

Definition of properties used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public

1. Retail properties that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public:

  • Shops (such as: florist, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, and so on)
  • Charity shops
  • Opticians
  • Post offices
  • Furnishing shops/display rooms (such as: carpet shops, double glazing)
  • Car/caravan show rooms
  • Second hand car lots
  • Markets
  • Petrol stations
  • Garden centres
  • Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)

2. Retail properties that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

  • Hair and beauty services (such as: hair dressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops and so on)
  • Shoe repairs/key cutting
  • Travel agents
  • Ticket offices e.g. for theatre
  • Dry cleaners
  • Launderettes
  • PC/TV/domestic appliance repair
  • Funeral directors
  • Photo processing
  • Tool hire
  • Car hire

3. Retail properties that are being used for the sale of food and/ or drink to visiting members of the public:

  • Restaurants, takeaways
  • Sandwich shops
  • Coffee shops
  • Pubs
  • Bars

This is not a complete list and if you believe you may qualify please contact Revenue Services on 01642 726006 or use our general enquiry form to make an application  

Ineligible retail properties definitions

The list below sets out the types of properties for which Retail Relief will not apply.

1. Retail properties that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

  • Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
  • Other services (e.g. estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)
  • Medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors)
  • Post office sorting office

2. Retail properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public:

State Aid de minimis regulations and business rate discounts

For information about State Aid de minimis please visit GOV.UK.


How to apply

To apply, contact Revenue Services on 01642 726006 or use our general enquiry form.