Public house relief

 

Valid during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years and has been reintroduced for 2020/21.

This is a relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value under £100,000. 

On 11 March 2020 The Chancellor announced that this relief would be increased to £5,000 with effect 1 April 2020.

You can apply for Business Rates Public House Relief if your business meets the following requirements:

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

The following are not eligible for this relief:

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

 

The award of pubs discount is considered likely to amount to state aid. However it will be state aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013. The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to 200,0000 Euros ‘de minimis’ aid over a rolling three-year period.

Public house relief online form

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Eligibility

The award of pubs discount is considered likely to amount to state aid. However it will be state aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013. The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to 200,0000 Euros 'de minimis' aid over a rolling three-year period.
To be eligible, the premises has to be:

  • Open to the general public
  • Allows free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • Allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • Permits drinks to be purchased at a bar
The following premises will NOT be eligible for this relief:

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

Apply by post

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