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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 March 2021, for one year only there is a full discount which has been widened to include retail, hospitality and leisure venues. There will be no rateable value limit on the discount.

The discount is 100% off the net business rates bill from April 2020 to March 2021.

How to get the discount 

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

Apply for business rate discount

Criteria for the business rate discount for retail premises from April 2020

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

  • be occupied
  • be wholly, or mainly, used as either:
    • shops, including Post Offices, car showrooms, car hire, opticians, petrol stations, betting shops
    • hairdressers, estate and letting agents, employment agencies
    • restaurants and pubs including takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, coffee shops, bars
    • live music venues
    • provision of sport and leisure such as sports grounds and clubs, museums and art galleries, nightclubs, sport and leisure facilities, stately homes and historic houses, theatres, tourist attractions, gyms, casinos, gambling clubs and bingo halls 
    • the assembly of visiting members of the public such as public halls, clubhouses, clubs and institutions
    • properties where the non-domestic part is being used for the provision of living accommodation as a business such as hotels, guest and boarding houses, holiday homes, caravan parks and sites

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
  • 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

Criteria for the business rates discount for live music venues

To be eligible for the discount, the live music venue must:

  • be occupied
  • be wholly or mainly used for live music performance

It can still get the discount if it's also used for other activities, such as things that take place:

  • alongside live music performance, for example selling drinks to audience members
  • infrequently, for example being used as a polling station or for a community event

Venues which have closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as occupied for the purposes of this discount.