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Business Rate Relief

Rural Area Relief

Mandatory rural rate relief

Certain types of businesses in rural villages with a population of less than 3,000 may qualify for rate relief of 100%, these are as follows:

  • sole general store and the sole post office in the village provided it has a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • any food shop with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the sole pub or petrol station in the village provided it has a rateable value of up to £12,500

A copy of the Rural Settlement List is available to download.

Discretionary rural rate relief

The Council has the discretion to give further relief where mandatory rural rate relief has been awarded. It can also grant up to 100% relief to any other rural business with a rateable value of less than £16,500 where the business is of benefit to the local community.

To apply for, you need to complete, sign and return both of the following application forms with any additional information required.

General Discretionary application form

Rural Relief Discretionary additional questions