At Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced that eligible retailers will receive a one third discount on their business rates bills for two years from April 2019, or earlier if your business no longer meets the eligibility criteria.
Properties that will benefit from the relief must be occupied and open to the general public with a rateable value of less than £51,000, being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.
Premises that provide sale of goods open to the general public:
· Shops (such as: florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores,
· Charity shops
· Post offices
· Furnishing shops/ display rooms (such as: carpet shops, double glazing, garage doors)
· Car/ caravan show rooms
· Second hand car lots
· Petrol stations
· Garden centres
· Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)
Premises that provide services open to the general public:
· Hair and beauty services (such as: hair dressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops, etc)
· Shoe repairs/ key cutting
· Travel agents
· Ticket offices e.g. for theatre
· Dry cleaners
· PC/ TV/ domestic appliance repair
· Funeral directors
· Photo processing
· Tool hire
· Car hire
Premises that are being used for the sale of food and/ or drink open to the general public:
· Sandwich shops
· Coffee shops
Any award of discretionary relief is subject to State Aid rules, therefore, to qualify for this relief, your business should not receive more than €200,000 of State Aid in a 3 year period (being the current and prior two financial years).
For any additional, please contact the Business Rates section.
Small Business Rate Relief
You may be eligible for help with your bill if you qualify for the Small Business Rates Relief scheme. For more information please refer to the FAQ pages, or alternatively, contact the business rates section directly.