Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to relief.
The property must be occupied, have a rateable value of less than £8,500 and be:
- The only general store
- The only post office
- A food shop
Or the property must be occupied, have a rateable value of less than £12,500, and be:
- The only public house
- The only petrol station
An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge. The council also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.
In addition, the council can give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement where the rateable value is less than £16,500. The council must be satisfied that the property is used for a purpose which benefits the local community.
To apply for this business rate reduction simply contact your local office to request a form or download the Business rates - rural rate relief form from the download section.
Read our non-domestic rate discretionary relief policy for more information.