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Business rates discounts and reliefs

Rural rate relief

The following types of business in rural villages with a population below 3,000 may qualify for rate relief of 50 per cent: 

  • the sole general store and the sole post office in the village, provided it has a rateable value of less than £8,500
  • the sole pub and the sole petrol station in the village, provided it has a rateable value of less than £12,500

Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill on such property. The local council may decide to give up to 100 per cent relief to any other business in such a rural village, with a rateable value less than £16,500, if it is satisfied that the business is of benefit to the community, and in the interests of taxpayers.