Rural Rate Relief

Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population of 3,000 or less may be entitled to rural rate relief.

From 1 April 2017, the Government has made changes to the Rural Rate Relief scheme, we are now able to grant 50 per cent mandatory rural rate relief and 50 per cent discretionary rate relief to any food shop, general store, post office, petrol filling station and public house which meets the following criteria:

  • The location is entered on the Icon for pdf rural settlement list [102.72KB].
  • For a food shop, general store or post office, the property has a rateable value not greater than £8,500
  • For a petrol filling station or public house, the property has a rateable value not greater than £12,500
  • It is the only business of that type in the same rural settlement

Food shops will be excluded from this particular relief if they are hot food 'takeaways' or are selling food for consumption on the premises, along with the sale of sweets, confectionery, newspapers/magazines, alcohol, mineral waters, fancy goods, toys, household goods etc.

A general store is defined as 'a trade or business consisting wholly or mainly of the sale by retail of both food for human consumption (excluding confectionery) and general household goods'.

The Rural Settlement List is also available for public inspection at Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding. 

If you wish to make an application for Rural Rate Relief, please see Apply for Rural Rate Relief.

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