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Other business rates reliefs

 

Mandatory (Charitable) relief

Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for non-domestic purposes. Relief is given at 80% of the full charge. Local councils have the discretion, in certain cases, to allow further relief on the remaining bill, apply here.

Discretionary relief

The council also has the discretion to give relief on all or any part of the rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. The types of bodies which may qualify include sports and recreational groups, community and youth groups and aid agencies, apply here.

You can access our Discretionary Rate Relief Policy here.

Pub Discount

This scheme provides a discount of £1,000 for pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 for 2020/21. The discount is assessed and calculated on a daily basis. Therefore, if you vacate the property before the end of the financial year, the discount will be apportioned accordingly. State aid rules will apply to the pub discount in the normal way.  To be eligible for this discount, the pub must:

be occupied
have a rateable value of less than £100,000
be open to the general public
allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

Properties excluded from pub discount are as follows: Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos.

We will automatically apply the discount to properties that we think will qualify. If you feel your business fits the criteria for the discount and have not received it then please get in touch.

Retail Discount

In the Autumn Budget 2018 the Government announced that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount for retail properties that have a rateable value of below £51,000, for the financial years of 2019/20 and 2020/21.  Under the scheme the amount of discount for 2019/20 is one third off the daily chargeable amount. 

On 27 January 2020 the Government announced that it would extend the value of the Retail Discount for 2020/21 from one third to 50% off the daily chargeable amount.  In addition the discount has been extended in 2020/21 to include cinemas and music venues whose rateable value is below £51,000.  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

 

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

  • financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux 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 offices 
  • nightclubs 
  • theatres and museums 
  • gyms and premises used for sporting activities
  • properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public

How to apply for discount

We will automatically apply the discount to properties that we think will qualify. If you feel your business fits the criteria for the discount and have not received it then please get in touch.

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