The rural rates relief scheme supports rural businesses that provide benefit to the local community. There are two types of relief, mandatory (50%) and discretionary. We need applications for both types of relief. We award mandatory relief if you meet certain conditions. From the 2017-2018 financial year, we award businesses that qualify for mandatory relief a further 50% discretionary relief.
The Assistant Director Finance, under our agreed guidelines, will consider all other discretionary applications.
We award discretionary relief under this scheme for a period of three years. You need to make a new application at the end of the period.
Apply for Business Rates relief for rural businesses
Please complete the 'Business Rates relief for rural businesses' application form (PDF: 122Kb / 8 pages) to make an application for mandatory, discretionary, or both reliefs. This form contains further details about the scheme and the guidelines.