Expanded retail discount

Expanded retail discount

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount, to apply to occupied retail properties in each of the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. For 2019/20 the value of discount should be one third of the bill for retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 and is applied after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs have been applied.

In response to the coronavirus, in the Budget on 11 March and subsequent statements, the Government announced that for 2020/21 it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors and some previous ineligible retail business usages and that there will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

The Council has now revised our Retail Discount scheme to include the expanded uses and eligible criteria for 2020/21. Please read the full scheme conditions for details on eligible retail properties before applying.

How to apply for the expanded retail discount in 2020/21

The Council is looking to identify eligibility based on our records and the Valuation List as at 11 March 2020. Ratepayers who received retail discount in 2019/20 will be automatically amended to the revised 100% discount, amended bills will be sent by mid-April.

If you have not received a revised bill by 15 April, and you have a business rates account number, apply using our application form. Main eligibility criteria: you are the ratepayer, usage of the property is mainly retail, leisure, hospitality to visiting members of the public.

Properties used for Financial Services, Medical Services, Professional Services (e.g. Solicitor, Accountant), Post Office sorting offices, or are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public, do not qualify.  Please see full scheme details.

If you have not informed us about your business, we need to register your business account. Please complete the moving in form; where you are confirming you were the ratepayer on or before the 11 March 2020 you will also need to upload a lease agreement.  We will contact you about your eligibility for the expanded retail discount and retail hospitality and leisure grant fund.

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund

To be eligible for the government grant the following needs to apply as at 11 March 2020:

  • you are the ratepayer

  • usage of the property is mainly retail, leisure, hospitality to visiting members of the public

  • rateable value of less than £51,000

  • the property was shown in the Valuation List

  • not in receipt of small business rate relief

If you have not received a grant notification letter sent to your business address by 8 April, you will need to apply for the expanded retail discount 2020/21.  Following this application, we will then contact you to let you know about your eligibility for the grant.

Not entitled notice

If you have received a letter with your 2020/21 bill requesting you notify us if you are not eligible for any Retail Discount shown on your bill, please complete the not entitled online form.

2019/20 applications

If, having read the scheme conditions, you think you qualify for non-expanded retail discount which is not shown on your 2019/20 bill, please apply online.

Please note 2019/20 awards are subject to State Aid.

Note: No applications for retail discount for 2019/20 can be considered after 30 September 2020.

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