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Discounts for properties in rural areas

How to apply for a discount if your business is in a rural area

Rural rate relief

Relief is available to certain businesses in rural areas with a population fewer than 3,000 people.

Who can apply?

The following can apply:

  • sole general store or post offices with a rateable value of less than £8,500
  • sole food shops with a rateable value of less £8,500
  • sole public house or filling stations with a rateable value of less than £12,500

Who can't apply?

Businesses in the following settlements are not eligible for Rural Rate Relief:

  • King's Lynn
  • Downham Market
  • Hunstanton
  • Dersingham
  • Heacham 
  • South Wootton
  • Terrington St Clement

What relief can be given?

The relief that can be given is 100%.

  • Mandatory Relief - 50% relief is available to those businesses which meet the above criteria
  • Discretionary Relief - 50% relief will be applied to the businesses which meet the mandatory criteria

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is to complete an application online.

To apply you'll need:

  • your business rates account number (you can find this on your bill)
  • your business address
  • the number of business employees

Download our rural rate relief application

Once we've processed your application, we'll send you a bill. The bill will confirm your revised instalments.