Business rates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support for businesses

Restrictions Support grants are available for businesses that must close from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020. If your business is not eligible for this grant but has closed or been severely affected, you may be eligible for a Restrictions Support discretionary grant.

For advice on business rates, go to our coronavirus (COVID-19) assistance page. The government is providing a range of support for businesses – go to GOV.UK: business support and GOV.UK: financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

For local advice on business safety during the outbreak, complete our coronavirus (COVID-19) request for business safety advice form.

Discretionary retail relief

Some retail business may be eligible for discretionary relief on their business rates.

Properties eligible for the relief are those that are occupied and wholly or mainly being used either: 

  • for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public
  • for the sale of food or drink to visiting members of the public
  • as cinemas
  • as live music venues
  • for provision of sport, leisure and facilities to visiting members of the public, including viewing
  • for the assembly of visiting members of the public
  • for the provision of living accommodation as a business in the non-domestic part

Services not classified as retail by the government include:

  • financial services, such as banks and building societies
  • medical services, such as dentists, doctors and vets
  • professional services, such as accountants and solicitors
  • post office sorting offices

The above are just examples. For more information, go to GOV.UK: expanded retail relief guidance.

Use the form below to apply for discretionary retail relief.

Apply for discretionary retail relief