Rural rate relief for businesses

Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to Rural Rate Relief. These are:

  • The only general store, post office or food shop (with a rateable value of less than £8,500).
  • The only public house or petrol station (with a rateable value of less than £12,500).

The property has to be occupied and an eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge whilst the local council also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.

In addition, the local authority can give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement where the rateable value is less than £16,500.

Apply for rural rate relief

If you believe you qualify for Rural Rate Relief, you can apply by completing the following form:

Please note: The application form must be accompanied by a copy of your latest audited accounts.

Last updated: 23 November 2015. Was this information helpful?

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