Reductions and reliefs

Rural rate relief

If your business is in a rural settlement with a population of below 3000, it may qualify for this relief.
You could be entitled to a 50% reduction in business rates with a further 50% discretionary relief if your application is successful.

The types of businesses that qualify for rural rate relief are:

  • the only village general store or post office, with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • a food shop with a rateable value of up to £8,500
  • the only village pub or the only village petrol station, with a rateable value up to £12,500

If you are a business in a qualifying rural settlement with a rateable value up to £16,500, you can also apply for up to 100% discretionary relief if we consider that your business benefits the community.
You can download a list of the areas, which meet the conditions for a qualifying rural settlement below: 

Download the 2017-18 list of rural rate relief qualifying settlements (PDF 30.9KB)
Download the 2016-17 list of rural rate relief qualifying settlements (PDF 28.1KB)

How to apply for rural rate relief

Please quote your business rates account reference in all correspondence – your account reference is 7 or 8 digits long and starts with a 3, and you can find it on your business rates bill or any letter we’ve sent about your business rates.

If you require further information or would like to make a further comment on the list, please write to:
Business rates (revenues team)
Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North



Related information

Discretionary rate relief policy (PDF 317.5KB)

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