Business Rates - Retail Rate Relief

Business Rates - Retail Rate Relief

Retail Relief

Retail Rate Relief was introduced by the government in 2019/20 for occupied retail properties. The relief was expanded to include the leisure and hospitality sectors on 2020/21.

The amount of relief available for each financial year is details below:

Year Period % Relief RV limit
2019/20 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 33% 51,000
2020/21 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 100% no limit
2021/22 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 100% no limit
2021/22 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 66% no limit
2022/23 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 50% no limit
2023/24 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 75% no limit

The government has issued guidance on the operation of the scheme which can be found at: Business Rates Relief: 2023/24 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Scheme - GOV.UK (


This relief is subject to cash caps and Minimal Financial Assistance limits under the Subsidy Control Act. This means no recipient can receive over £315,000 over a  three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years).

Further details of the cash cap and subsidy control can be found at:


This relief will be delivered through local authority discretionary local discounts. 

Retail Rate Relief application

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Where organisations apply for relief they will be granted (or not granted) relief or reductions in line with the following policy. Discretionary Non-Domestic Rate Relief information