Business rate discount for retail premises

Business rate discount for retail premises

If you have a retail premises you may be eligible for a business rate discount in 2019.

From April 2019 to April 2021 certain retail premises can have a business rates discount.

The discount will be provided to eligible occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

The discount is subject to State Aid De Minimis limits.

How to get the discount 

You can apply for this discount if you think your retail property should have this discount and we’ll assess your application. 

Apply for retail business rate discount

Criteria for the business rate discount

To be eligible for this discount, the retail premises must:

  • be occupied
  • have a rateable value of less than £51,000
  • be wholly, or mainly, used as either:
    • shops, including Post Offices, car showrooms, car hire, opticians, petrol stations
    • restaurants and cafes, including takeaways
    • drinking establishments

When the discount will not be applied

Your premises will not get a discount if it’s being used for:

  • financial services, such as banks, building societies, cash points: both individual cash points and retail units with only cash points in them, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers
  • other services such as estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies
  • medical services such as dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and vets
  • professional services such as solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisers, tutors
  • Post Office sorting offices

The discount will not be applied if premises are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public, such as trade only retailers or retailers that require customers to join clubs or other membership schemes. 

The above list is not exhaustive but gives guidance as to how the discount will be applied.