The government announced in the budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that it would increase the retail discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. The relief will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.
The definition of retail properties was set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and full details can be found on our expanded retail guidance page.
For those businesses where it is not as easy to determine eligibility such as music venues, an online application form is available on our retail discount page.
The government will also bring forward legislation as soon as possible to provide mandatory 100% business rates relief for standalone public lavatories in England from April 2020.
As of Wednesday 18 March, the government has announced that many childcare providers would pay no business rates and nursery discount is 100%.
The definition of properties to receive this discount has been set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Friday 20 March 2020.
For now, we can confirm that this relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.