Rural rate relief

Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to relief.

The property must be occupied and be either:

  • the only village shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500

An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge whilst the local authority also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. The 2016 Autumn Statement confirmed the doubling of rural rate relief from 50% to 100% from 1 April 2017. Local authorities will be expected to use their local discount powers to grant 100% rural rate relief to eligible ratepayers from 1 April 2017

Apply for rural rate relief

If you think that your business is eligible, please contact us.

In most cases we hope to deal with your application in about a week, sometimes we may need to write to you for more information, and if you are successful a new bill will be sent to you showing you your new balance.

If you have applied for rural rate relief you must continue to pay the instalments on your last bill until you receive a new one. If you don't do this it may mean you get a reminder or even a summons.