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High Street and Retail Rate Relief


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High Street and Retail Rate Relief for Business Rates from 01 April 2019
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High Street & Retail Rate Relief Scheme 2019-2020
Section 47 Local Government Finance Act, 1988

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government has announced that relief of up to £2,500 will be provided to eligible occupied retail properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less in the 2019-20 financial year – subject to State Aid Limits.  This relief is aimed at high street businesses and retailers in Wales, for example shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and will be granted automatically to qualifying premises.  Unlike the previous High Street Rate Relief Scheme, the 2019-20 scheme is not limited to high street premises but will include all properties meeting the wider retail criteria.

Examples of Qualifying Premises are as follows:

Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public

  • Shops (such as florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off-licences, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, etc.)
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacies
  • Post offices
  • Furnishing shops or display rooms (such as carpet shops, double glazing)
  • Car or caravan showrooms
  • Second hard car lots
  • Markets
  • Petrol stations
  • Garden centres
  • Art galleries (where art is for sale or hire)

Hereditaments that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public

  • Hair and beauty services
  • Shoe repairs or key cutting
  • Travel agents
  • Ticket offices, eg. for theatre
  • Dry cleaners
  • Launderettes
  • PC, TV or domestic appliance repair
  • Funeral directors
  • Photo processing
  • DVD or video rentals
  • Tool hire
  • Car hire
  • Cinemas
  • Estate and letting agents

Hereditaments that are being used for the sale of food and / or drink to visiting members of the public

  • Restaurants
  • Drive-through or drive-in restaurants
  • Takeaways
  • Sandwich shops
  • Cafés
  • Coffee shops
  • Pubs
  • Wine Bars

Certain types of properties are considered NOT to be eligible for this Relief, please see the High Street and Retail Rates Relief: 2019-20 Guidance (PDF, 302Kb) for more information.

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