Post Offices, public houses, general stores or petrol stations in rural areas can receive rural rate relief, if they meet certain criteria.

If your business is in a rural area with a population of less than 3,000 you may qualify for Rural Rate Relief.

Rural Rate Relief can be claimed by the following types of business, as long as they are the only one in your village or settlement.

  • General Store or shop
  • Pub
  • Post Office
  • Petrol Station

The Rateable Value (RV) of your business premises must be:

  • Less than £8,500 for a general store, post office or shop
  • Less than £12,500 for a pub or petrol station

Please note that if you quialify for Rural Rate Relief, you cannot claim Small Business Rate Relief.

How much relief will I receive?

From the 1 April 2017, businesses which qualify for Rural Rate Relief will receive 100% relief.

Prior to this date, Rural Rate Relief was 50%.

Is any other relief available?

The council has discretionary power to grant relief to other rural retail businesses that are considered to be beneficial to the local community and have an RV of less than £16,500.

How do I apply?

Please download and complete the Icon for pdf Rural Rate Relief Application form [127.08KB] or complete the online enquiry form.