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Retail discount

In 2018, the government announced a business rates discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value (RV) of less than £51,000, for the financial years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021.

Discount was to be one third of the bill in 2019 to 2020 and 50% of the bill in 2020 to 2021, to be applied after all other applicable reliefs have been given. However, in response to Coronavirus the level of discount was increased to 100% for 2020 to 2021 with no RV limit.

For the 2021 to 22 financial year,

  • a 100% discount will continue to apply for the first 3 months (to 30 June 2021)
  • a 66% (two-thirds) discount will apply for the remainder of the year (to 31 March 2022)

For further information on the business rates discount scheme for occupied retail properties visit GOV.UK

For details of the kind of properties that may qualify for the discount scheme visit GOV.UK

Applying for the discount

If you haven’t received this discount and wish to apply please complete the enquiry form below.

To apply for a retail discount, complete the online form

We will assess your application and if you meet the prescribed conditions the award will be made and you will be sent a new bill.

Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to a discount for each of their eligible properties, subject to State Aid De Minimis limits.
Further information on State Aid law can be found at www.gov.uk/state-aid *

For those who are already in receipt of retail discount

Do nothing if you wish to retain this Retail Discount as shown on your bill and have not received more than the maximum allowable amount of de minimis State Aid.  

Complete and submit the declaration online if: 

  • You have received more than the maximum allowable amount of de minimis State Aid.  This may be particularly relevant to those premises that are part of a large retail chain, where the cumulative total of Retail Discount received could exceed this amount.
  • You wish to refuse the Retail Discount
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