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Business Rates: High Street and Retail Rates Relief

The Welsh Government will provide grant funding to the 22 Unitary Authorities to continue the High Street and Retail Rates Relief scheme to eligible ratepayers for 2019-20. The enhanced scheme aims to provide support for eligible retail businesses by offering up to £2,500 discount on the non-domestic rates bill per property, to retailers occupying premises with a rateable value of £50,000 or less in the financial year 2019-20, subject to State Aid limits.


Properties that will benefit from this relief will be occupied retail business properties such as shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and drinking establishments* with a rateable value of £50,000 or less on 1 April 2019.

  • It will apply to High street businesses and retail properties such as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments with a Rateable Value of  £50,000 or less on the 1st April 2019
  • The property is occupied for retail purposes
  • The maximum amount of relief is £2500 within financial year 2019 - 2020. Any sum of this award and any other funding must be less than the state aid de minimis (currently 200,000 Euros over a three year period)   

*This list is not intended to be exhaustive as it would be impossible to list all the many and varied retail uses that exist                 



There are certain types of properties that, in compliance with the Welsh Government guidance, the Council will exclude the rate-payer from High Street and Retail Rates Relief, these are as follows:

  • The property is not occupied
  • The property is not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public
  • Have a rateable value over £50,000
  • Are in receipt of mandatory charitable rates relief

In addition, and in compliance with the Welsh Government guidance, the Council will deem that the types of uses below (or those similar in use) are not considered to be High Street or Retail use for the purpose of this relief. Therefore, they would not be eligible for the relief. Excluded uses are:

  • Financial services (eg. banks, building societies, cash points, ATMs, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
  • Medical services (eg. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (eg. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisers, tutors)
  • Post office sorting office
  • Tourism accommodation, eg. B&Bs, hotel accommodation and caravan parks
  • Sports clubs
  • Children's play centres
  • Day nurseries
  • Outdoor activity centres
  • Gyms
  • Kennels and catteries
  • Show homes and marketing suites
  • Employment agencies

Make an Application Business Rates: High Street and Retail Rates Relief Entitlement Check

Click here to view High Street Rates Relief Guidance [287KB]





  • Phone: Council Tax / Business rates team on 01597 827463  (This is a 24 hrs phone service, however should you need to speak to an officer, office opening hours 9am - 4pm Mon - Fri)
  • Email:
  • Write to us at: Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG

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