Toggle Mobile Menu Visibility
Toggle Search Controls Visibility
Toggle search control visibility
Search Site

Retail Discount

At Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced that it would 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 the discount will be one third of the net bill and will be applied after all other reliefs, to properties that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.

From 1st April  2020 the Government will increase the retail discount from one-third to 50 per cent and  extend the discount to cinemas and music venues.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 the Government increased retail discount from 50 per cent to 100 per cent and removed the rateable value limit.

Properties eligible for relief are:

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

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, etc)
  • 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

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

Properties  which are being used as cinemas

Properties that are being used as live music venues

If you think you qualify but have not received the discount on your bill please complete an application form.

As with all reliefs, the amount awarded will be recalculated in the event of a change of circumstances such as a change to the rateable value.

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid.

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid.