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Rural Rate Relief

If your business is in a rural area with a population below 3,000 you may be entitled to rural rate relief.

Rural Rate Relief from 1 April 2017
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 pdf icon Rural Settlement List [51kb]
  •  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
  • The only business of that type within the 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 pdf icon Rural Settlement List [51kb] is also available for public inspection at Tedder Hall, Manby.  The register includes all parishes in East Lindsey except Louth, Holton Le Clay, Horncastle, Skegness, Mablethorpe, Sutton On Sea, Alford, Woodhall Spa, Coningsby, Chapel St Leonards and Spilsby.

Awards such as this new Rural Rate Relief scheme are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid. To verify if you will receive Rural Rate Relief you will need to complete a pdf icon Rural Rate Relief application [56kb] and a pdf icon Rural Rate Relief declaration [31kb] in respect of the De Minimis Regulations for State Aid  for the 2017/18 financial year.  Please read the corresponding guidance notes before making your application.

Requests for backdating discretionary rate relief will be considered at the discretion of the Council. However, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1988, applications must be determined within six months of the end of the financial year for which the relief is being sought.

We can also grant a discretionary rural rate relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement with a rateable value less than £16,500.

For information regarding the Rural Rate Relief scheme prior to 1 April 2017 please contact the Business Rates Team on 01507 601111 or email us on

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