COVID-19: Business rates and grants

The government has pledged to provide an initial £20 billion of business rates support and grant funding to help the most-affected firms manage their cashflow through this period.

The package includes:

  • 100% business rates holiday for 12 months for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • £25,000 grants to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000
  • businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) will receive a one-off £10,000 cash payment
  • £5,000 business rates discount for public houses (increased from £1,000)
  • public funding for creative organisations and individuals from the Arts Council

Business rates cancelled

We've cancelled over 4,000 direct debits to stop hospitality, retail, leisure and nursery businesses making payments.

The range of qualifying businesses has been extended to also include:

  • estate agents
  • letting agents
  • bingo halls
  • betting shops
  • pawn shops
  • tutors
  • casinos

We're telling businesses in these categories:

  • not to pay their business rates if they pay by cash
  • to cancel their standing order
  • to contact us if we've taken a payment and you think you're exempt - we’ll pay you back straight away if we've made a mistake

Business grants

We're distributing up to £44m of grant funding to around 3,500 businesses.

Find out whether you qualify and how grants are distributed:

Check our guidance before contacting us, to speed up the process.

We've written to eligible businesses to ask you to provide your business, VAT registration, and current bank details via our secure online form.

Complete our online form if you believe you qualify and haven't received a letter about the Government Business Support Grant:

Apply for a business grant

Verifying business grant applications

We're using a strict 'audit and anti-fraud' process to contact those who've applied for a business rates grant in order to:

  • verify bank details
  • make swift BACS bank transfers
  • avoid fraudulent applications

So you'll know the call is genuine, if we need to contact you, we'll quote your:

  • online form reference number
  • Business Rates account number

Business rates liability

Government guidance includes information on how we'll deal with applications where the liability for business rates has changed since 11 March – the date the government is using to determine who qualifies for the grant.

Email your details to support our decision to: - we'll make sure the correct liable party receives the grant.

See further information about business rates discounts and reliefs.

Also see

Business Rates

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551140