COVID-19 Business Rates

Support for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

Find out more here about Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 have now been re-billed and the increased amount applied to their accounts. The new relief has also been applied to all new eligible businesses with a rateable value up to £51,000 and bills showing nil charge have been sent out. We currently cannot apply the relief for properties with rateable values over £51,000 due to changes needed to our software system, but we've identified these properties and issued letters advising not to pay your 1 April 2020 instalment as your account will be recalculated as soon as possible.

If you've not had a new bill with a zero charge and you believe you should receive this relief please email and we will check this for you.

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. The Government will introduce a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

More information about Business Rates Holidays for Nurseries can be found here.

*PLEASE NOTE: there is no action for you.* This will apply to your next business rates bill. However, we may have to re-issue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. 

You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator.

Business Grants 

You can find out more about business grants here

Council Owned Commercial and Industrial Units

A 12-week rent free period for Council owned retail, commercial and industrial units from 1 April 2020 to 27 June 2020 has been implemented, to support businesses affected by COVID-19