Business rates

Retail rates

The Government has introduced a temporary scheme to provide rates relief to all occupied retail properties (shops, restaurants, cafes, and drinking establishments). 

Qualifying ratepayers, with a rateable value less than £51,000, will receive a discount of one third of the bill (after any other reliefs have been taken account of) for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.

Relief can be applied to more than one property, if each property qualifies for relief.

You will qualify for Retail Relief if you meet the following criteria:

  • Rateable value is less than £51,000
  • Property is occupied (i.e. in use/trading)
  • Your property is being used wholly or mainly for retail purposes
  • Your property is reasonably accessible to members of the public
  • Award of relief would not break rules on State Aid*

(Threshold of €200,000 euros over last 3 financial years)

*Further information on State Aid can be found at

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