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.
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

You could be entitled to a 50% reduction in business rates with a further 50% discretionary relief if your application is successful. The 2016 Autumn Statement confirmed the doubling of rural rate relief from 50% to 100% from 1 April 2017. Local authorities will be expected to use their local discount powers to grant 100% rural rate relief to eligible ratepayers from 1 April 2017.

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 2022-23 list of rural rate relief qualifying settlements

Download the 2021-22 list of rural rate relief qualifying settlements

How to apply for rural rate relief

Download an application for rural rate relief

Telephone: 0300 300 8011 to get a form by post.

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