What is rural rate relief?

Definition of rural rate relief

Rural rate relief is a discount on the business rates charged on property in England. It's available in certain circumstances to businesses located in rural areas with a population below 3,000. Rules on rate relief for businesses are different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Since 2017, rural rate relief has been a discount of 100% of business rates and can be applied if a business is in a rural area and is either:

  • a village’s only shop or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • a village’s only public house or petrol station, with a rateable value of up to £12,500

Businesses should contact their local council to check their eligibility and to apply for rural rate relief.

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