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Business Rates - Retail Relief

The Government announced in the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2013 that relief of up to £1,000 will be available in the financial years 2014/15 on rates bills for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less that are used for the sale of goods or the provision of food and drink. This amount has increase to £1,500 for the 2015/16 financial year.

A list of properties to which this relief may apply is given below.

To comply with EU law on state aid, you must not be in receipt of state aid under the De Minimis Regulations (EC 1407/2013) that exceeds €200,000 in total, including retail relief and any other form of discretionary rate relief for these premises or others, whether within Birmingham or elsewhere.

Under the European Commission rules, you must retain this declaration for three years and produce it on any request by the UK public authorities or the European Commission. (You may need to keep this longer than three years for other purposes.)

Furthermore, information on this aid must be supplied to any other public authority or agency asking for information on de minimis aid for the next three years.

Further information on state aid law can be found here.

If you wish to apply for this relief, please complete the form below and return it by post to

Birmingham City Council
PO Box 5
B4 7AB

or email business_rates@birmingham.gov.uk.

If you are applying for relief on more than one property, please complete a form for each.

If you have any questions relating to this relief, please call the business rates team on 0121 303 5509.

Business Rates Retail Relief – Qualifying Criteria

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less. You will need to confirm that your premises falls into at least one of the categories listed below:

  • shops (such as florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets)
  • charity shops
  • opticians
  • post offices
  • furnishing shops/display rooms (such as carpet shops, double glazing, garage doors)
  • car/caravan showrooms
  • second-hand car lots
  • markets
  • petrol stations
  • garden centres
  • art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)
  • shoe repairs/key cutting
  • travel agents
  • ticket offices (for a theatre or similar)
  • dry cleaners
  • launderettes
  • pc/tv//domestic appliance repair
  • funeral directors
  • photo processing
  • DVD/video rentals
  • tool hire
  • hair and beauty services
  • restaurants
  • takeaways
  • sandwich shops
  • coffee shops
  • pubs
  • bars

Please note that the following types of uses are not eligible for retail relief:

i) Properties being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

  • Financial services (such as banks, building societies, cashpoints, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawnbrokers)
  • Other services (such as estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)Medical services (such as vets, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (such as solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisers, tutors)
  • Post office sorting offices

ii) Properties not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public.