COVID-19 Support for Business Ratepayers

Business Rates Grants

The Government has put in place two types of grants to assist business with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THERE ARE FIRMS OFFERING TO CLAIM THE GRANTS FOR RATEPAYERS FOR A FEE.   THIS IS NOT NECESSARY, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY SOMEONE TO DO THIS FOR YOU.   PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST BEFORE ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT. 

WE HAVE  STARTED PAYING OUT GRANTS WHERE WE ALREADY HOLD THE RELEVANT INFORMATION.  FOR BUSINESSES THAT WE DO NOT HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION :

We need to confirm your Bank Account details and gather some additional information, please click HERE to complete the form.   You will need to have your bank account details and attach either a copy of a bank statement showing the account details or a copy of a cheque to verify that the account belongs to the ratepayer.  Photographs will be accepted.

We will be placing a list here of businesses that have already had payments issued shortly.  

YOUR ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE FOLLOWING - THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ACCEPT DELIBERATE MANIPULATION AND FRAUD - ANY BUSINESS CAUGHT FALSIFYING THEIR RECORDS TO GAIN ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY WILL FACE PROSECUTION AND ANY FUNDING ISSUED WILL BE SUBJECT TO CLAW BACK.   THE GOVERNMENT GRANTS MANAGEMENT FUNCTION AND COUNTER FRAUD FUNCTION WILL MAKE THEIR DIGITAL ASSURANCE TOOL, SPOTLIGHT, HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

Small Business Grant Fund 

  • This is a grant of £10,000 payable to properties with a Rateable Value of up to and including £15,000.
  • Eligible properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Business Rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (SBRR) (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief).
  • Properties that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief (including those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier only) are excluded. 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

  • This is a grant of £10,000 payable to properties with a Rateable Value of up to and including £15,000.
  • For properties which have a Rateable Value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, this is a grant of £25,000.
  • Eligible properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 had a Rateable Value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme, had that scheme been in force at that date (occupied Retail, Leisure and Hospitality properties including recently added betting shops, pawn brokers, estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies, casinos and gambling clubs).
  • Properties occupied for personal use, (e.g. private stables and loose boxes, beach huts, properties used for hobbies and moorings) are excluded as are car parks and parking spaces.

Additional Information

In all cases, only one grant may be granted per property.

Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.

The grant will only be paid to the person/company shown on our records as the Ratepayer in respect of these premises on 11 March 2020.

In addition to the grants detailed above you may already be entitled to additional reliefs and these can be found in Business rates reliefs and reductions which may already be shown  on your bill 

Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21 

A business rates Retail Discount Scheme for occupied retail properties, there is no limit on Rateable Value in 2020/2021.  The total amount of government-funded relief available for each property for 2020/21 under this scheme is 100% of the bill, after mandatory reliefs and other discretionary reliefs. In all cases properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties which are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, and live music venues, for assembly and leisure or as hotels, guest and boarding premises, self-catering accomodation, cinremas and live music venues.

We consider shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments to mean to mean:

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

  • Shops (such as: florists, bakers, butchers, grocers, greengrocers, jewellers, stationers, off licences, chemists, newsagents, hardware stores, supermarkets, etc)
  • Charity shops
  • Opticians
  • Post offices
  • Furnishing shops/ display rooms (such as: carpet shops, double glazing, garage doors)
  • Car/caravan show rooms
  • Second-hand car lots
  • Markets
  • Petrol stations
  • Garden centres
  • Art galleries (where art is for sale/hire)

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
  • Ticket offices e.g. for theatre
  • Dry cleaners
  • Launderettes
  • PC/TV/domestic appliance repair
  • Funeral directors
  • Photo processing
  • Tool hire
  • Car hire
  • Employment agencies
  • Estate agents and letting agents
  • Betting shops

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

Properties used as Cinemas, Live Music Venues

Live music venues are properties wholly or mainly used for the performance of live music for the purpose of entertaining an audience.

Properties that are being used for the provision of sport, leisure and facilities to visiting members of the public (including for the viewing of such activities).

  • Sports grounds and clubs
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Nightclubs
  • Sport and leisure facilities
  • Stately homes and historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Tourist attractions
  • Gyms
  • Wellness centres, spas, massage parlours
  • Casinos, gambling clubs and bingo halls

Properties which are being used for the assembly of visiting members of the public:

  • Public halls
  • Clubhouses, clubs and institutions

Properties where the non-domestic part is being used for the provision of living accommodation as a business:

  • Hotels, Guest and Boarding Houses
  • Holiday homes
  • Caravan parks and sites

Properties which are excluded from the scheme - properties being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public are excluded from the scheme:

  • Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, short-term loan providers)
  • Medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/ financial advisers)
  • Post office sorting offices

Properties which are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public

The above lists of property types are not exhaustive and we will consider each application. 

State Aid

This relief is considered as State Aid and whilst the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the Withdrawal Agreement the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission. 

The Government has notified the EU of its intention to bring forward an immediate change to the UK's tax treatment of non-domestic property, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, and subject to this approval, the reliefs will become a notifiable State Aid.   Further information on State Aid law can be found here

AMENDED BILLS HAVE BEEN SENT BY POST.   IF YOU QUALIFY FOR RETAIL DISCOUNT THEN THERE WILL BE NO BUSINESS RATES TO PAY FOR 2020/21.   BUSINESSES CAN Icon for excel CHECK HERE [37.55KB] TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN AWARDED RETAIL DISCOUNT AS AT 30TH MARCH 2020

 If these reliefs are not shown on your bill and you think you may be entitled to them, To apply for relief, please email businessrates@gosport.gov.uk quoting your account number, the ratepayers name, buisness address and details of what the property is used for.

Nursery Discount 2020/21

This will apply to properties occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21.  There will be no rateable value limit on the relief and businesses that qualify will receive 100% relief.  Please click here for the Government Guidance .  To apply for this discount,  please email businessrates@gosport.gov.uk  providing your business address, a contact address, your account number and proof of registration.

State Aid

This relief is considered as State Aid and whilst the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the Withdrawal Agreement the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission. 

The Government has notified the EU of its intention to bring forward an immediate change to the UK's tax treatment of non-domestic property, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, and subject to this approval, the reliefs will become a notifiable State Aid.   Further information on State Aid law can be found here

Public House Relief 2020/21 - Businesses will now quailify for 100% Retail Discount.

 

Last Updated: Tuesday 31st  March 2020

 

To register with us, or notify us of a change of occupier -  Please print, complete and return this form:Icon for pdf Business Rates Change of Circumstances Notification [162.56KB]

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