Business rates retail relief

Business rates retail relief applies to certain occupied retail properties from 1 April 2019 if the rateable value is less than £51,000 in 2019-20 and 2020-21.  The relief will be one third of your bill after other reliefs have been applied.  If you occupy more than one property you will be entitled to relief on each property, subject to State Aid de Minimis limits.

From 1st April 2020 this level of relief has been increased to 100% and the Rateable value threshold of £51,000 removed. The types of properties that can qualify has also been expanded . If you are already getting the retail rate relief this will be awarded automatically at the higher amount. The State Aid limitation has also been removed from 1st April 2020.  Currently these criteria are for 2020/21 only and will end on 31st March 2021.

If you do not currently get retail rate relief, please check the retail relief scheme policy to see if you qualify before applying.


To apply you will need to:

  • Download and complete the business rates retail relief application form.
  • Scan the completed application form using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone.
  • Send the scanned/ pictured image to your computer e.g by email or text.
  • Attach the image and answer all the questions on the evidence form.

For further information view the Business rates retail relief scheme for 2020/21