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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. Applications are required for both types of relief, although mandatory relief will be awarded automatically if certain conditions are met. From 2017-18 financial year businesses that qualify for mandatory relief will automatically be awarded a further 50% discretionary relief.

All other 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

Rural business rates relief application form (PDF: 122Kb / 8 pages)