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 or call us on 03004 560 560.