Public House relief

Information on public house relief

This relief only applies if your public house was occupied for a period between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2019. This can be claimed in retrospect under certain circumstances.

The Government announced a relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value of below £100,000 in the Spring Budget 2017. Under the scheme, eligible pubs will receive a £1,000 discount on their 2017-18 bill which has also been extended to include the 2018-19 year. This will not be extended into 2019-20 year. The relief is calculated on a daily basis and will be apportioned over the relevant period the business remains eligible for the discount. The amount of relief awarded may change in the event of a change of circumstances, which could include, for example, a change of ownership, a change in the rateable value, or the reoccupation of empty premises.

You can apply for Public House relief if your business meets the following requirements:

  • The rateable value is under £100,000
  • It is open to the general public
  • It allows free entry, other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • It allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • It permits drinks to be purchased at a bar

Where pubs are part of a chain, relief will be available for each eligible property in the chain, subject to meeting State Aid requirements.

The following are not eligible for this relief:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • nightclubs
  • hotels
  • snack bars
  • guesthouses
  • boarding houses
  • sporting venues
  • music venues
  • festival sites
  • theatres
  • museums
  • exhibition halls
  • cinemas 
  • concert halls
  • casinos