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The “exempt plant nurseries from paying business rates” Bill

Bill Passed




A nursery ground is a property where small plants or trees are grown with a view to selling them to someone else to progress to their mature state. This is not the same as a garden centre, where plants are displayed and sold to the public (even though some garden centres are called “nurseries”).

This Bill would exempt nursery grounds from paying business rates.


Agricultural businesses and buildings are exempt from paying business rates, this Bill would put plant nurseries and any associated structures (such as poly tunnels) into the same bracket as agricultural businesses and also exempt them from rates.

Local Government Minister, Rishi Sunak MP, said:

Plant nurseries are an essential part of the rural economy and it is vital they are protected. This legislation will put a stop to this unreasonable burden on businesses and will help maintain a productive, competitive and sustainable agricultural sector.


This is a Government Bill introduced by James Brokenshire MP from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Other Arguments

This Bill is expected to get support from within the agricultural and horticultural sectors who are experiencing a certain amount of uncertainty with Brexit.

How to get involved

Contact your MP or the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

As a Government Bill it is likely to go through.