Business Rates reductions and relief

Pubs Relief Scheme

Who qualifies?

The scheme is available to eligible occupied properties with a rateable value of less than £100,000. Where pubs are part of a chain, relief will be available for each eligible property in the chain, subject to meeting State Aid requirements.

There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law, however the Government’s policy intention is that eligible pubs should:

  • be open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

Properties not eligible for relief

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • nightclubs
  • hotels
  • snack bars
  • guesthouses
  • boarding houses
  • sporting venues
  • music venues
  • festival sites
  • theatres
  • museums
  • exhibition halls
  • cinemas
  • concert halls
  • casinos

How much relief will I get?

The amount of relief available is up to £1,000 for each eligible property. There is no relief available under this scheme for properties with a rateable value of £100,000 or more. Eligibility for the relief and the relief itself will be assessed and calculated on a daily basis.

How do I apply?

We will automatically grant business rates relief for pubs as and when we are aware of businesses which may qualify for the relief.

More information is available on the Pub Relief Scheme Policy document.