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Coronavirus: business rates reduction

All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector have been given a business rates reduction. For 2020 to 2021 there was a business rates holiday for 12 months from April 2020.

This discount has been extended with a further three month holiday from April 2021.

From July 2021, your bill will be reduced by 66% for nine months.

Nurseries (non-local authority providers of childcare) are also eligible for business rates reduction for the periods.

If you received the business rates holiday for your 2020 to 2021 bill, it will automatically be carried over to your 2021 to 2022 bill.

The annual bills issued in March will show 100% discount for the year. A new bill will be issued in June with the 66% reduction for July onwards.

Further guidance about the discount is provided below. It is the responsibility of each business to contact us immediately if they believe they do not qualify or wish to refuse the relief, so that it can be cancelled and a revised bill issued accordingly.

Read further guidance on business rates: expanded retail discount

Read about the budget 2021 business rates measures

Problems paying

Business owners who have difficulties paying, should contact the business rates team to arrange a revised payment plan. Email:

Read the government's package of measures to support businesses