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One Year Business Rate Relief Scheme for Pubs

At Spring Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced a maximum £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000 for one year from 1 April 2017.

The Chancellor announced in the Autumn Budget that Pub Relief would continue in 2018-19. We will contact existing recipients in due course regarding the arrangements for 2018-19.

The Government has set out how this relief should operate and the eligibility criteria that should apply.

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.

It should exclude:

  • Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

The relief is up to a £1000 for eligible businesses, if your liability after the application of all other reliefs is less than a £1000 then the relief will be applied to the residual amount.

How to apply

We have written to all the ratepayers that we believe may qualify for this scheme based on the information currently available.

If you consider you are eligible for this relief please contact the team:

State Aid Rules

The award of this relief is classed as State Aid under European Union Law and Colchester Borough Council must therefore comply with the European Union State Aid legislation. You will therefore need to confirm that the granting of this relief will not result in your organisation exceeding the state aid threshold of €200,000 Further information on State Aid law can be found at

When we apply the relief we will issue a state aid form that is required to be completed and returned. If we establish state aid limits have been exceeded then the relief will be removed.