Discretionary Rate Relief for Retail Premises
Please note this scheme has now ended, however, if you believe you may still qualify for back dated relief please contact us as soon as possible.
The Government is giving funding to local authorities so that they can provide a discount worth up to £1,000 a year in 2014-15 and up to £1,500 a year in 2015-16 - to retail premises with a rateable value of up to £50,000. This will provide support to premises including pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
The Government is also giving funding to local authorities so that they can provide a 50% discount for 18 months for those businesses that move into retail premises that have been empty for a year or more. This is available for businesses which move into empty premises between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016.
The award of such discounts is considered likely to amount to state aid. However it will be state aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations (1407/2013). The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to £200,000 'de minimus' aid over a rolling three year period. If you are receiving, or have received, any 'de minimis' aid granted during the current or two previous financial years (from any source), you should inform the local authority immediately with details of the aid received.
To apply for, complete and return an application form.