Rural Rate Relief

If your business is in a rural village with a population below 3000, and it is one of the following types of business

  • The only village general store or post office, and the rateable value of the property is less than £8,500
  • A food shop with a rateable value of less than £8,500. (Restaurants and take-away premises are not included)
  • The only village pub, or the only village petrol station with a rateable value of less than £12,500.

The above premises are entitled to a 50% reduction in the Business Rates bill (mandatory relief), or more if the Council awards discretionary rate relief for all or part of the remaining 50% (discretionary relief).

If you own a business with a rateable value of less than £16,500 situated in a qualifying rural village, the Council may decide to award up to 100% (discretionary) rate relief, as long as your business is of benefit to the community.

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