Retail Relief

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Retail Relief

Eligible Retail Relief properties description

In 2015/16, relief of up to £1,500 may be provided to occupied retail properties, with a rateable value of £50,000 or less, subject to local discretion.

To qualify for the relief the retail property should be wholly or mainly being used as a shop, restaurant, café or drinking establishment.  In a similar way to other reliefs (such as charity relief), this is a test on use rather than occupation. Therefore, retail properties which are occupied, but not wholly or mainly used for the qualifying purpose, will not qualify for the relief.

The Council will consider each application for relief based on the particular merits on the request.

Relief will only be allowed where the award complies with European Union State Aid law.

The Council reserves the right to withdraw any award where it becomes evident that the property is not being used for a qualifying purpose.

For the purposes of this relief, the Council considers shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments to mean:

Retail properties that are being used for the sale of goods to visiting members of the public:

Shops such as :florist, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers,

off licence, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, etc

Charity Shops

Opticians

Post Offices

Furnishing shops/display rooms (such as carpet shops, double glazing)

Car/caravan show rooms

Second hand car lots

Markets

Petrol Stations

Garden Centres

Art Galleries (where art is for sale/hire)

Retail Properties that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

Hair and beauty services (such as hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning shops, etc)

Shoe repairs/key cutting

Travel agents

Ticker Offices, eg for theatre

Dry Cleaners

Launderettes

PC/TV/Domestic appliance repair

Funeral Directors

Photo Processing

DVD/video rental

Tool Hire

Car Hire

Retail Properties that are being used for the sale of food and or drink to visiting members of the public:

Restaurants

Takeaways

Sandwich Shops

Coffee Shops

Pubs

Bars

Ineligible retail properties descriptions

The list below sets out the types of uses that the Council does not consider to be retail use for the purpose of this relief.

(A) Retail Properties that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting member of the public

Financial Services (e.g. banks, building Societies, cash points, bureau de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)

Other Services (e.g. estate agents, letting agents, employment services)

Medical Services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)

Professional Services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisers, tutors)

Post Office sorting machine

(B) Retail Properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public

(C)Retail Properties that do not support the Council’s wider objectives or could have a detrimental impact on neighbourhoods and communities.

Please ring the Council for more information or complete and return the Retail Relief form.