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Retail Discount 2019

At Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced that it would provide a business rates Retail Discount scheme for 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 will be one third of the net bill and will be applied after all other reliefs, to properties that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.

Properties not eligible are:

  • Financial services (e.g banks, building societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
  • Other Services (e.g estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)
  • Medical Services (e.g vets, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractos)
  • Professional Services (e.g solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisers, tutors)
  • Post office, sorting office

If you think you qualify but have not received the discount on your bill please complete an application form at:

As with all reliefs, the amount awarded will be recalculated in the event of a change of circumstances such as a change to the rateable value.

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid.