Public House Relief

In the Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018, this has since been extended for a further 12 months over 2018/19.

The scheme is available to eligible occupied properties with a rateable value of less than £100,000. The relief has been automatically applied and amended bills issued.

The Government’s states that eligible pubs must:

  • Be open to the general public
  • Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • Allow drinks to be purchased at a bar.

The Government has excluded the following property categories from the scheme:

  • Restaurants, cafes and snack bars
  • Nightclubs, casinos and cinemas
  • Hotels, guesthouses and boarding houses
  • Concert halls, music venues, sporting venues and festival sites
  • Theatres, museums and exhibition halls

Awards such as Pub Relief are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid. This states that an organisation cannot receive more than €200,000 of government funding over a 3 year period, as set out under the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013. If you believe you have exceeded the €200,000 state aid limit please contact us immediately.

If you have not been awarded the relief or do not wish to receive the relief please email us at businessrates@southworcestershirerevenues.gov.uk or call us on 03004 560 560.