Business Rates Holidays for Coronavirus

Charged on most non-domestic properties, business rates are paid annually to your local council. Rates are charged based on your property’s annual market rent, its size, and its usage.

The government are offering a business rates holiday to all businesses in eligible sectors. This means you will pay zero rates for this year 2020/21

Is My Business Eligible for the Business Rates Holiday?

This is only for businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors.

You must be based in England.

This means:

  • shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
  • hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
  • private, voluntary and independent nurseries

Ultimately, it is up to the local authority themselves to decide whether they feel a business qualifies.

How Can my Business Obtain the Business Rates Support for Coronavirus?

There is no action needed on your part. Local councils will contact eligible businesses individually.

If your tax bill has already been issued, it will be re-issued.

If You Need to Contact your Council

Find individual councils details here: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Related Documents:

Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

Nursery Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

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