Rate relief for retail businesses

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector do not have to pay business rates between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 or between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021. Rate bills will be adjusted automatically and you do not have to apply for this relief.

Ratepayers can choose to opt out of support by contacting the business rates team.

In addition businesses in this sector may also be eligible for a further 66% reduction in rates between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022. This applies to all of these businesses regardless of their size or rateable value.

This includes:

  • shops
  • pubs
  • theatres
  • music venues
  • restaurants
  • sports clubs
  • village halls and bingo halls
  • estate agents and letting agents

Eligible businesses will be invited to apply for the 66% rates discount in July. Cash limits have been set by the government on the total amount of eligible relief any single business and its subsidiaries can receive. The cash limit is £2m for closed businesses and £105,000 for open businesses.

Full details including a detailed list of eligible businesses can be found at GOV.UK: business rates expanded retail discount 2021 to 2022.

Any retail, hospitality or leisure business or organisation that does not get an updated bill, but believes they should get relief, should contact the business rates team.

Apply for business rate relief

Rate relief for nurseries

Eliglible nurseries:

  • may be entitled to additional business rates support. The support applies to properties which are occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and which are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • do not have to pay business rates between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 or between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021. Rate bills will be adjusted automatically and you do not have to apply for this relief.
  • will also be invited to apply for a further 66% reduction in rates for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. This applies to all of these businesses regardless of their size or rateable value. Cash limits have been set by the Government on the total amount of eligible relief any single business and its subsidiaries can receive. The cash limit is £105,000.

More details can be found at GOV.UK: business rates nursery childcare discount 2021 to 2022.

Apply for nursery rate relief

You can contact the business rates team if you are a nursery and:

  • want to opt of out support
  • you do not get an updated bill, but believe you should