We have some further detail today [19 March] on the 100% business rates break. We really appreciate your patience at this stressful time and we want to reassure you that we are working as hard as we can to support you and your business.

For more information about what this means for your business rates bill, please read our dedicated pages.

Who is able to apply?

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses are all able to receive the business rates break. If you have already temporarily closed due to the government’s advice on COVID19 you will still be able to claim for this relief. To qualify for the break, your business should be used wholly or mainly for the below purposes…

This includes:

Shops (such as: florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, etc)

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)

Hair and beauty services (such as: hairdressers, 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

Food and/ or drink providers [such as: Restaurants, takeaways, sandwich shops, cafes, coffee shops]

Pubs, bars, live music venues

Sports grounds and clubs

Museums and art galleries


Sport and leisure facilities

Stately homes and historic houses


Tourist attractions


Public halls

Clubhouses, clubs and institutions

Hotels, Guest and Boarding Houses

Holiday homes

Caravan parks and sites

This is not an exhaustive list; if you don’t see your business listed, do get in contact with us. You can find our contact details on our Budget news and COVID-19 support page.

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