Apply for a Retail Discount

The Government has provided funding for local authorities to introduce a temporary scheme to provide a discount to all occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000.

Qualifying ratepayers will receive a discount of one third of the bill (after any other reliefs have been applied) for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.

If successful, you will receive a revised bill. However you must continue to pay your business rates according to the latest bill you have received until notified otherwise.

Before you start

You must check if you are eligible to receive this discount.

If you feel that you may qualify for this relief, please apply. If you have more than one property, a separate form must be completed for each property. 

Whilst we do not anticipate that any businesses likely to receive a discount under this scheme will breach the State Aid rules, as the award of any discount could be classed as State Aid, the council must consider and comply with European Commission State Aid legislation.

This application therefore requires you to confirm that the granting of Retail Discount will not result in your organisation exceeding the State Aid de minimis threshold of €200,000 euros (approximately £175,000) over the last three financial years (including the current year). State Aid is usually in the form of grants, loans or tax breaks.

Visit GOV.UK for more details about state aid.

Types of properties considered retail

Shops, restaurants, cafes, and drinking establishments are considered to be one of the following.

Properties that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public:

  • Garden centres
  • Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)
  • Shops (such as florist, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licence, 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

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

  • Launderettes
  • PC/TV/domestic appliance repair
  • Funeral directors
  • Photo processing
  • DVD/video rentals
  • Tool hire
  • Car hire
  • Hair and Beauty services (such as hair dressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops etc)
  • Shoe repairs/key cutting
  • Travel agents
  • Ticket shops (e.g. for theatre)
  • Dry cleaners

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

Types of properties not considered retail

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

  • 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. doctors, vets, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisors, tutors
  • Post office sorting offices

Properties that are being used or the following assembly or leisure uses:

  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Museums

Properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public.

You will need

To complete the application you will need to provide the following information which can all be found on your Business Rates bill:

  • Your Business Rates account number
  • Details of your property
  • The rateable value of the business (you can find out about the rateable value using the GOV.UK  Find a property search tool.

What happens next

If successful, the discount will be awarded to your account, and a revised bill or refund will be issued. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified in writing with the reasons for refusal. If your circumstances change following any award of a discount, please remember to notify us immediately. 

You must adhere to your current payment plan whilst the application is being considered.

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