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Pubs Discount 2020/21

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury wrote a ministerial statement on 27 January 2020. This statement announce a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses.

To qualify, public houses must have a rateable value of less than £100,000 for one year from 1 April 2020.

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.

This excludes:

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

The award of pubs discount is considered likely to amount to state aid. However, it will be state aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013. The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to 200,0000 Euros 'de minimis' aid over a rolling three-year period.

If you are receiving, or have received, state aid that amounts to the limit, you should not receive pubs discount. Please contact our business rates team if this is the case. We will remove the relief from your account and send you a revised bill.

See more information about state aid on GOV.UK.

This relief has now been added to eligible accounts. If you believe you should receive this relief, but cannot see it on your bill, please contact our business rates team.