Retail relief 2019/20

The Government announced the retail relief scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments this will be applied for each of the years 2019-20 and 2020-21.


The value of relief for 2019/20 is a third of the bill, and must be applied after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs funded by section 31 grants have been applied.

How will the relief be provided?

As this is a measure for 2019-20 and 2020-21 only, the Government is not changing the legislation around the reliefs available to properties. Instead the Government will, in line with the eligibility criteria, reimburse local authorities that use their discretionary relief powers, introduced by the Localism Act (under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, as amended) to grant relief. It will be for individual local billing authorities to decide to adopt a local scheme and determine in each individual case when to grant relief under section 47.

Does my premises quality for retail relief?

Qualifying premises
  • 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)
  • Hair and beauty services (such as hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops)
  • Shoe repairs/key cutting
  • Travel agents
  • Ticket offices, for example for theatres
  • Dry cleaners
  • Launderettes
  • PC/TV/domestic appliance repair
  • Funeral directors
  • Photo processing
  • Tool hire
  • Car hire
  • Restaurants
  • Takeaways
  • Sandwich shops
  • Coffee shops
  • Pubs
  • Bars
Premises that don't qualify
  • Financial services (such as banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
  • Other services (such as estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies)
  • Medical services (such as vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (such solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers, tutors
  • Post office sorting offices

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