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Retail Discount

You may be able to apply for a discount if you're a retail property

The relief scheme

In October 2018, the government announced that it will provide a business rates discount to occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The value of the discount is one third of the bill, applied after mandatory and other non-local discretionary reliefs are awarded. 

Who qualifies?

You may qualify if:

  • your business property is wholly or mainly used as a shop, restaurant, cafe or drinking establishment to visiting members of the public. Please see our explanatory note for further information about eligible and non-eligible business types
  • the rateable value of the property is less than £51,000

You won't qualify if the award of relief would exceed State Aid limits. For more information about State Aid, please visit the GOV.UK site.

How to apply

If we're happy that you qualify, we'll automatically award the relief. If we haven't awarded it automatically, you can download an application form.

To apply you'll need:

  • your business rates account number (you can find this on your bill)
  • your business address

Download our Retail Discount form