07 Apr

These premises in England will be eligible for 100% business rate relief announced by the Chancellor (other provisions apply in Northern Ireland and Scotland):

Shops: (such as: florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, 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 − Garden centres − Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)

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

Food & Drink: Restaurants − Takeaways − Sandwich shops − Coffee shops − Pubs – Bars


Live Music Venues: live music (but not premises that are wholly or mainly nightclubs where music is incidental)

Leisure: Sports grounds and clubs − Museums and art galleries − Nightclubs − Sport and leisure facilities − Stately homes and historic houses − Theatres − Tourist attractions – Gyms

Public Assembly: Public halls − Clubhouses, clubs and institutions

Accommodation as a business: Hotels, Guest and Boarding Houses − Holiday homes − Caravan parks and sites

Other categories may be added to the scheme and it is worth contacting local authorities to check if a premises might qualify even if it is not on the Government's list.

These premises will not be eligible for 100% business rates relief:

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. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors) − Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors) − Post office sorting offices − Casinos and gambling clubs

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

Available relief:

The total amount of government-funded relief available for each property for 2020/21 under this scheme is 100% of the bill, after mandatory reliefs and, with the exception of the 2020/21 pubs discount, other discretionary reliefs funded by section 31 grants have been applied, excluding those where local authorities have used their wider discretionary relief powers introduced by the Localism Act which are not funded by section 31 grants. 3 The 2020/21 pubs discount should be applied after the Expanded Retail discount.

The relief does not apply to rent paid for business premises.

The relief is expected to be available in April when the central government funding reaches the local councils.

Eligibility to be assessed and calculated on a daily basis.

Download Business Rates Guidance.pdf

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