Business Rates relief for rural businesses

The rural rate relief scheme supports rural businesses that 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 we award mandatory relief automatically if you meet certain conditions. From the 2017-2018 financial year, we award businesses that qualify for mandatory relief automatically, a further 50% discretionary relief.

The Assistant Director Finance, in accordance with our agreed guidelines, will consider all other discretionary applications.

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.

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 rural Business Rates relief

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

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