Public House Relief

In a Written Ministerial Statement on 27 January 2020, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury announced a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of less then £100,000 for one year only from 1 April 2020.

The majority of pubs are independently owned or managed and will not be part of chains. However, where pubs are part of a chain, relief will be available for each eligible property in the chain, subject to meeting State Aid requirements. View more information on the State Aid website (external link).

  • The Government’s policy intention is that eligible pubs should:
  • be open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For these purposes, it will exclude:

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

The Council will determine those cases where eligibility for the relief is unclear on a case by case basis. The Council may ask you to provide further information to support your application.

Apply for Public House Rate Relief

If you think that your business qualifies, you must apply for Public House Relief by downloading our by downloading our Public House Relief Application Form (pdf), complete and return to the address listed below in the contact box.