Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant eligibility

The grant is a one-off payment – the primary principle is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service takes place in a fixed rate paying premises in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

The following rateable value thresholds determine the level of grant award for businesses:

  1. Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  2. Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  3. Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

In order to qualify for this grant a business must have been trading on 30 December 2021. Trading should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.

The business that will be eligible to receive the grant will be the business on our business rates records as the ratepayer. Councils are required to run an application process and carry out pre-payment checks.

This table below sets out types of businesses that are eligible (and some of those that are not) under the sectors for which this scheme applies. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported. The table contains the definitions of hospitality, leisure and accommodation for the purposes of this grant scheme.

We would encourage you to look at the table of eligible businesses below before starting an application. If you have any queries regarding if your business is eligible for this grant please contact our Business Rates team on the appropriate number below:
Broadland - 01603 430604
South Norfolk - 0808 178 7142

Start your application for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Support type and definition
Types of businesses that are supported                                                                                                     

Hospitality: For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. 

The definition of a hospitality business should exclude: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions).

Food courts
Public houses/pub restaurants
Roadside restaurants
Wine bars
Cafés/tea rooms

Leisure: For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

The definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.

Gyms and sports businesses include dance and fitness studios; sports centres and clubs; sports courts; swimming pools and golf courses. This list is not exhaustive.

Parish and town councils are not able to receive a grant for an eligible business because publicly funded bodies, including Local Authorities, may not be the beneficiaries of grant funding through this scheme.

Casinos and gambling clubs
Museums and art galleries
Stately homes and historic houses
Theatres, zoos and safari parks
Amusement parks
Wedding venues
Events venues
Night clubs and discotheques
Concert halls
Tourist attractions
Theme parks
Amusement arcades
Soft play centres or areas
Clubs and institutions
Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts

Accommodation: For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

The definition of an accommodation business should exclude: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Second homeowners not trading as a business cannot claim a grant of any amount.

Caravan parks
Caravan sites and pitches
Chalet parks
Coaching inns
Country house hotels
Guest houses
Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
Boarding houses
Canal boats or other vessels
Catered holiday homes
Holiday homes