Support for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business rate relief - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Retail discount scheme

A business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year has been introduced.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled as soon as possible and will now receive 100% off their business rates. The retail discount scheme has been extended to include more business who will also receive a new bill.   

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

Nursery Scheme

A business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year has been introduced.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be hereditaments:

  • occupied by providers on Ofsted’s early years register
  • wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage

How to access the schemes

There is no action for you. We will re-issue your bill, excluding the business rate charge as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we will not be taking out business rates by direct debit from any businesses that had already qualified for the business rates retail discount as shown on the original business rates bills or where we have identified more businesses under the revised scheme.  

We are also advising all businesses that pay by a different method, such as online or by cash, which had also already qualified for the discount, that they do not need to pay their business rates bills this coming financial year.

If you do not receive an amended bill by 8 May 2020, please contact us to apply for the discount by emailing our revenues team or calling 01543 308900.

Businesses that do not qualify for the business rates holiday

If you are having issues paying your business rates because of COVID-19, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing our revenues team or calling 01543 308900.