Certain types of properties in a rural settlement with a population below 3,000 may be entitled to relief. The property must be the only general store, the only post office or a food shop and have a rateable value of less than £8,500, or the only public house or the only petrol station and have a rateable value of less than £12,500. The property has to be occupied. An eligible ratepayer is entitled to relief at 50% of the full charge whilst the local authority also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.
The 2016 Autumn Statement confirmed the doubling of rural rate relief from 50% to 100% from 1 April 2017. Wealden will be using their local discount powers to grant 100% rural rate relief to eligible ratepayers from 1 April 2017.
There is also a discretionary power to grant up to 100% rate relief to any business in a qualifying rural settlement, provided it has a rateable value of no more than £16,500 and it would be in the interests of the local community that the relief be granted. The special importance to the local community is a crucial requirement, it is not enough that a business is important to it’s individual customers, it must have a wider importance to the local population eg. a village shop acts as social centre and meeting place. The Rural Settlement List is available for view at the Council’s Hailsham offices. meeting place.
The Rural Settlement List is available to view at the Council’s Hailsham offices.
Apply for Rate Relief in Rural Communities
If you would like to apply for business rates relief, please contact the business rates team using the details below, quoting the reference on your business rates bill.