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Business rate discount for retail premises, hospitality and leisure venues

Business rate discount for retail premises, hospitality and leisure venues

If you have a retail, hospitality or leisure property you may be eligible for a business rate discount.

From April 2020 to June 2021, there's a full discount for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure venues. There will be no rateable value limit on the discount.

From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the discount is 66%. 

How to get the discount 

You can apply for this discount if you think your property qualifies, and we’ll assess your application.

You can also download and fill in this document (word doc, 14KB) (opens new window) to let us know about other properties your business has, together with any other companies in the same group for Cash Cap purposes. You'll need to attach it to your application telling us:

  • the other properties' reference number
  • the local authority providing aid
  • the properties' address
  • the value of Expanded Retail Discount received for each

Apply for business rate discount

Expanded Retail Discount and Nursery Discount (2021-22)

From 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 the total amount of discount available is 100% of the net amount of business rates chargeable. 

There’s no rateable value limit on this discount and state aid limits do not apply. 

We’ll consider each award based on: 

  • individual merits
  • the supporting information and evidence that is provided to show that they fall within the eligible categories

For the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the total amount of the discount available is 66% of the net amount of business rates chargeable. 

Ratepayers may, for this period, only claim: 

  • up to £2 million of Expanded Retail Discount in 2021-22 for hereditaments which based on the coronavirus rules at 5 January would have been required to close
  • £105,000 for other eligible properties, up to a cap of £2 million for all properties

For the Nursery Discount only the £105,000 cap applies as properties were not required to close on 5 January 2021. 

This cash cap applies at a Group company level. Holding companies and subsidiaries cannot claim up to the cash cap for each company. It also applies to organisations which, although not a company, have such an interest in a company that they would, if they were a company, result in its being the holding company.

The following eligibility or ineligibility lists are not exhaustive and we may decide that other businesses fail to be excluded based on the criteria detailed in the government guidance. If an award of either the Expanded Retail or Nursery Discount has been made in respect of a hereditament that may not qualify, it will reconsider the award and may remove entitlement.

Email business.rates@bristol.gov.uk if your business does not wish to receive the Expanded Retail or Nursery Discount in respect of a hereditament in the Bristol area. 

You should quote the business rate account numbers for which you do not wish to receive the discount as well as the date from which you do not wish the discount to be applied.

Expanded Retail Discount Eligibility

Properties 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
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

The government has guidance on the types of businesses that fall within each of the above categories and the authority will consider this when making any decision regarding entitlement.

Ineligible properties

The list below sets out the types of uses that we don't consider to be retail use for the purpose of this discount:

  • retail properties that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public such as: 
    • financial services such as banks, building societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers
    • medical services such as vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors
    • professional services such as solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers; and
    • Post office sorting offices
  • retail properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public