The government announced in early 2020 that it would provide rate relief for public houses, available to eligible occupied properties with a rateable value of less than £100,000. Under this new scheme eligible ratepayers will receive a discount of up to £1,000 on their bill after all other reliefs and discounts are applied (including the 2020/21 retail discount).

This relief will have effect for 2020/21 only and will cease on 31 March 2021.

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.

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

The council will determine those cases where eligibility criteria have been met and will issue amended bills shortly. However, recipients of State Aid will be required to declare that to us so that entitlement to the relief awarded can be reviewed. A form will accompany amended bills for this purpose.