Business rates relief

Within business rates legislation are a number of available reliefs.

In this section you will be able to find out the relief schemes available for your business and the qualifying criteria you will need to meet.

You may be able to get business rates relief. This is sometimes automatic, but you may need to apply.

For further information and guidance, please take a look at our guidance document below.

 

Changes to Business Rates announced in the Budget on 11 March 2020

A number of changes to Business Rates for 2020/21 were announced in the Budget on 11 March 2020.  

Annual bills were issued before we became aware of these changes and we are working on the changes to ensure that, for those affected, an amended bill is issued soon as possible. 

Retail relief 

The Government has already announced that Business Rates retail discount will be increased to 50% for 2020-21 for occupied retail properties with a rateable value below £51,000. To support small businesses affected by COVID-19 the Government is increasing it further to 100%.

The discount has been extended to the leisure and hospitality sectors such as Museums, Art Galleries, Theatres, Caravan Parks, Gyms, Hotels, B&Bs, Sports Clubs, Night Clubs, Club Houses, and Guest Houses. 

If your business falls into one of these new categories, you will need to complete the retail relief form here. Please ensure you also complete the State Aid declaration. 

Public House Relief 

The Government has also already announced the introduction of up to £1,000 Business Rates discount for occupied pubs with a rateable value below £100,000 in England for 2020/21. To support pubs in response to COVID-19 the discount has been increased to up to £5,000. We will award the revised amount and issue a revised bill.