Relief and exemptions

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8. Pub Relief

In March 2017 the government announced a business rates discount of up to £1000 for public houses starting from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018.

This has since been extended by one year until 31 March 2019.

To qualify the business must be described in the Valuation Rating List as a public house and the rateable value of the premises must be below £100,000.

The definition of a 'public house' means any premises as defined in the Licensing Act 2003, which has a premises license authorising sale by retail of alcohol for consumption on the premises. In addition, the premises must be used principally for retail sales of alcohol to members of the public for consumption on the premises and sales must not be subject to the condition that buyers reside at or consume food on the premises.

It is for Teignbridge District Council to decide whether any premises qualifies and no relief will be given where the premises are unoccupied.