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Business Rates: relief for rural businesses

The rural rate relief scheme is aimed at supporting rural businesses which provide benefit to the local community. There are two types of relief, mandatory (50%) and discretionary, which can be awarded in addition to mandatory. Applications are required for both types of relief, although mandatory relief will be awarded automatically if certain conditions are met. Discretionary applications will be considered by the Director of Finance in accordance with our agreed guidelines.

To make an application for mandatory, discretionary, or both reliefs, please complete the Rural Rate Relief Application Form in the link below. This contains further details about the scheme and the guidelines.

Discretionary relief under this scheme is awarded for a period of three years and a new application must be made at the end of the period.

Apply for Rural Business Rates Relief:

The Rural Business Rate Relief Application Form (PDF: 135Kb / 8 pages)

For further information:

  • Contact: Local Taxation Team
  • Email: brates@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 810 067
  • Opening Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 5.15pm
    (Please note that we open at 10am on the second Thursday of each month to allow for staff training)
    Friday 8.45am 4.45pm
  • Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF

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