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Business Retail Discount 2020/21 – Coronavirus response

22 Mar 2020

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Business Retail Discount 2020/21 – Coronavirus response


  • All local businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors (expanded on below) will pay no business rates in 2020-21. There will be no need for businesses to apply for the relief.  Business Rates team will be sending revised bills during the course of the next week to those businesses that qualify confirming that there are no business rates payable from 1st April.
  • In addition, businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value between £15,000 and under£51,000 will also receive a cash grant of up to £25,000 (awaiting further information from government on the application process for this). 
  • Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable of under £15,000 will receive a cash payment of £10,000.
  • All businesses in receipt of small business rates relief and rural rate relief – regardless of sector – will be eligible for a cash payment of £10,000.
  • The grants/payments will be paid during April once the Government has confirmed details of the scheme.
  • Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties.

Which properties will benefit from relief?

Those that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

-          As shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues

Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of good to visiting members of the public:

-          Shops (florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets etc.)

-          Charity shops

-          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

Hereditaments that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

-          Hair and beauty services (hair dressers, beauty salons, tanning shops, etc)

-          Shoe repairs/ key cutting

-          Travel agents

-          Ticket offices (e.g. for theatre)

-          Dry cleaners

-          Laundrettes

-          PC/TV/domestic appliance repair

-          Funeral directors

-          Photo processing

-          Tool hire

-          Car hire

Hereditaments 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

Hereditaments which are being used as cinemas

Hereditaments that are being used as live music venues (see guidance for definition of this):

-          For assembly and leisure

Hereditaments that are being used for the provision of sport, leisure and facilities to visiting members of the public (including for the viewing of such activities):

-          Sport grounds and clubs

-          Museums and art galleries

-          Nightclubs

-          Sport and leisure facilities

-          Stately homes and historic houses

-          Theatres

-          Tourist attractions

-          Gyms

Hereditaments that are being used for the assembly of visiting members of the public:

-          Public halls

-          Clubhouses, clubs and institutions

 

-          As hotel, guest and boarding premises and self catering accommodation

Hereditaments where the non-domestic part is being used for the provision of living accommodation as a business:

-          Hotels, guest and boarding houses

-          Holiday homes

-          Caravan parks and sites

(See guidance for further detail – hereditaments that are occupied but not wholly or mainly used for the qualifying purpose will not qualify for the relief).

This list sets out the types of uses that the Government does not consider to be an eligible use for the purpose of this relief:

-          Financial services (banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers).

-          Other services (estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)

-          Medical services (vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)

-          Professional services (solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisors, tutors).

-          Post office sorting offices

-          Casinos and gambling clubs

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