Business rate reliefs

Business rates retail discount scheme

Thanks to a new government scheme local retailers could receive a third off their business rates for the financial year 2019-20 and 50% off for this financial year (2020-21). Your retail discount will show on your business rates demand notice for 2020-2021. From 1 April 2020 independent cinemas and music venues can also qualify.

If you haven't received a letter but are a local shop, restaurant, cafe or bar operating out of a property that has a rateable value of less than £51,000 a year, you may be eligible for the discount too. Read the criteria. The government has also issued guidance on the operation of the scheme.

To claim a business rates discount, you can fill in an application form.

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Please return your completed form to

Revenues, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6YX

Or email it to [email protected]

For further information, contact the revenues team on 01543 308900.