I, the undersigned make application for relief from rates in accordance with the Non-Domestic
Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) Order 1997 as amended in respect of the premises detailed
above. I will notify the Business Rates section of any changes which may affect my entitlement to
rate relief under this scheme and I understand my entitlement may cease if another post office,
general store, public house or petrol filling station commences trading within the rural settlement.
Telephone Number: (for any queries) ______________________________________
Please refer to the Guidance Notes Below
This scheme enables a local authority to grant an automatic 50% mandatory reduction on the
rates bill for the sole post office or general store which has a rateable value of not more than
£8,500 and for the sole public house or petrol filling station which has a rateable value of not more
than £12,500 and which is located within a rural settlement which lies within a rural area
designated by the Secretary of State. The authority may also consider granting up to a further
50% discretionary relief to the post office or general store.
In addition, the authority may consider granting up to 100% discretionary relief to any other
business in the defined rural settlement with a rateable value up to £16,500 and whose purposes
are of benefit to the local community.
The overall intention of the scheme is that, by assisting certain businesses with their non-domestic
rates, the amenities available to rural communities are safeguarded and the fabric of village life is
preserved. When assessing a business for the award of discretionary relief the Council must
consider the interests of the Council Tax payers in the borough as a whole.
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