Business Rates and business grants

Business grants


The application window for restart grants is now open - please note - the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.

Restart Grants offer support to businesses which provide in-person services, where the main services and activity takes place in the business rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors outlined below - please read carefully before submitting an application.

 Am I eligible to apply for a restart grant?

  1. Do I receive a business rates bill for the property my business operates from?
  2. Does my business meet the eligible criteria as defined in the list below (e.g. non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, gym & sport, accommodation, personal care)?
  3. My business is not on the list of businesses ineligible to apply – see below

If the answer is YES to ALL of the above questions, you may be eligible for a restart grant Apply Here  Please upload a current business bank statement and a completed Subsidy Control (state aid) form with your application. A copy of the subsidy control form is here.  

Failure to provide a current bank statement and completed subsidy control form will delay your grant.


Non-essential retail definition: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided, are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.  For examples of non-essential retail businesses please click here.  If the business is in the rating list and is non essential retail, a restart grant may be due as follows:

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is exactly, or less than, £15k, a restart grant of £2,667 may be paid

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is between £15k and £51k, a restart grant of £4,000 may be paid

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is more than £51k, a restart grant of £6,000 may be paid


Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink - for examples of businesses click here

Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming - for examples of leisure businesses please click here

Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes - examples of eligible businesses are here

Gym & Sport definition: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally - examples of gym and sport businesses are listed here

Personal care definition: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing - examples of eligible personal care businesses can be found here

If the business is in the rating list and is hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym or personal care the following restart grants may be due:

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is exactly, or less than, £15k, a restart grant of £8,000 may be paid

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is between £15k and £51k, a restart grant of £12,000 may be paid

If the Rateable Value of the business premises is more than £51k, a restart grant of £18,000 may be paid


To be eligible for a restart grant, a business must have been trading on 01 April 2021, for the purpose of this grant scheme a business is considered to be ‘trading’ if it engaged in business activity as if carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods in order to generate turnover. Further trading indicators are that the business may have staff on furlough, continues to trade online or via click and collect, or is engaged in business activity such as managing accounts, preparing for re-opening or planning and implementing COVID safe measures. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business believed to have been contrived to take advantage of the scheme will not receive a grant.


The following businesses are not eligible to apply for a restart grant:

Food retailers, food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corner shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops

If the business operates two services from a business premises, then the service which constitutes 50% or more of the business, will be considered the ‘main’ service of that business and eligibility determined on that criteria alone.


Restart Grants - discretionary scheme

We are busy reviewing guidance and designing a discretionary scheme - we will publish details of eligibility and an application here on this page as soon as we are able to do so. 


Local Restriction Support Grant Closed (Addendum)

Applications for the LRSG are open for business rated businesses mandated to close for the period 16 February - 31 March only.  If you have not yet applied, you can  Apply Here application window will close on 31 May 2021.

State Aid / Subsidy Control

The rules on the amount of state aid a business is allowed to claim changed on 04 March 2021 - please see full details about Subsidy Control here.

A downloadable subsidy declaration form is available here.


Business Rates

Businesses and nurseries who received the expanded retail discount from their business rate bills for the 2020/21 year will receive the following reliefs in 2021/22.


01 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 - 100% discount

01 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 - 66% discount


You will be eligible if your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector, or is a nursery as detailed below.  Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used:

  1. as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  2. for assembly and leisure
  3. as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
  4. Nurseries - in buildings occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage

As long as you meet this criteria, there is nothing further you have to do. Gloucester City Council will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.


PLEASE NOTE - initial bills will show a 100% relief for the full year.  Revised bills showing the 66% discount and payment instalments from July 2021 will be issued in June 2021.


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