New Business Rates Relief introduced for retail properties

Released on 7 March 2019

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Retail Discount

A new relief scheme for occupied retail properties that have a rateable value less than £51,000 has been introduced for 2 years starting 1st April 2019. Under the scheme, eligible ratepayers will receive one third discount of their daily chargeable amount.

The Council has already identified retail businesses which we believe will be eligible for the relief.  Eligible ratepayers will have the discount automatically added to their account.

Please be aware that the Business Rates annual bills (dated 1st March) will not include the retail discount. Customers who are entitled to the discount will be notified by 15th March 2019.

If you believe your business is entitled to retail discount and it has not been applied to your bill, please email us at

Local Discretionary Discount  

If you have already received the discretionary relief for 2018/19, the relief will continue in 2019/20 in accordance with our scheme and where the criteria continues to be met. We will be writing to all eligible ratepayers to confirm the amount of discretionary relief awarded in 2019/20.

All eligible ratepayers will be notified by the 30th April 2019, if you have not heard from us then please contact on the details below.

If you require further assistance, please contact the Business Rates Department by email: or by telephone: 01902 696669

Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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