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Rate relief for pubs

Rate relief for pubs has been reintroduced for 2020/2021 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) only. Eligible pubs must have a rateable value under £100,000 in their 2017 listing to claim the £1000 discount. 

We will be contacting pubs with a valuation office classification of ‘CL’, which is used to classify licensed properties and where the property description in the valuation list is shown as ‘Public House’ or ‘Public House and Premises’. This relief is discretionary. 

To be 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
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

This relief is not available to: 

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

We'll let you know if you are eligible for the discount. Where eligible we'll apply discounts under other schemes ahead of awarding the rate relief for pubs discount. 

There is no allowance made for pubs in premises with a rateable value over £100,000.