High street rate relief scheme

The Welsh Government is funding a High Street rate relief scheme from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

To try to ensure that as much relief as possible is awarded we will automatically award the 2018/19 relief to those ratepayers that applied for and received relief in 2017/18.  We will send an amended bill to all ratepayers receiving an automatic award of relief by 30 November 2018. 

We will send application forms to businesses which appear to be eligible for rate relief under the 2018/19 scheme but did not apply last year and/or were not eligible to apply last year.  If you have not received an application form from us by 30 November 2018 but you think you may be eligible, please download and complete the High Street Rate Relief – application form 2018-19 (PDF).

A ratepayer may apply for relief of up to £250 (Tier 1) or up to £750 (Tier 2) on a business rates bill for the financial year 2018/19 if they are an eligible high street retailer occupying qualifying premises with a rateable value of £50,000 or less on 1 April 2018, subject to State Aid limits.

Properties that benefit from the relief will be occupied high street properties and must be wholly or mainly being used as a shop, restaurant, café or drinking establishment that is wholly or mainly providing a service to visiting members of the public (properties must be reasonably accessible to the public).

Two tiers of relief are provided depending on the rateable value of the property, whether liability has increased on 1 April 2017 as a result of the rating revaluation and whether the business is already entitled to other Welsh Government support.

Tier 1 Relief – £250 (or the total remaining amount payable if this is less than £250)

Eligible ratepayers are high street retailers whose properties have a rateable value of between £6,001 and £12,000* for the financial year 2018/19 who are:

  • Receiving Small Business Rate Relief on 1 April 2018;and/or
  • Receiving Transitional Rate Relief on 1 April 2018. 

*A small number of ratepayers occupying properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or above who are receiving Transitional Rate Relief will qualify for Tier 1 relief where their use of the property and any other conditions are satisfied by properly completing and returning an application form.  Remember, you only need to apply this year if you did not receive this relief on your 2017/18 bill but think you may qualify for 2018/19.

Tier 2 Relief – £750 (or the total remaining amount payable if this is less than £750)

Eligible ratepayers are high street retailers whose properties have a rateable value of between £12,001 and £50,000 for the financial year 2018/19 who:

  • Are not receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Transitional Rate Relief on 1 April 2018; and
  • Have an increase in their rate liability on 1 April 2017 due to the 2017 revaluation

Before you apply please note 

  • The amount of relief you will receive will be limited to the amount of rates actually payable by you
  • If you occupy a property after 1 April 2018 you will not be eligible for this relief
  • If you vacate a property after 1 April 2018 the amount of relief will be reduced proportionately
  • Ratepayers occupying more than one property may apply for High Street Rate Relief on each of their eligible properties, subject to State Aid limits
  • Properties already receiving mandatory charitable rate relief are not eligible for High Street Rate
  • Relief State Aid 'de minimis' rules apply.​ Find out more.

For more details, please read the Welsh Government's guidance on High Street Rate Relief 2018-19 (PDF).

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