Rural rate relief

Rural rate relief is intended to provide help with rates for certain businesses in rural communities.

To qualify for relief there are a number of criteria which a business must meet.

  • The business must be located in a rural community which has a population of 3000 or less (in the Council's estimation). In Blackburn with Darwen the qualifying rural settlements are
    • Belmont
    • Edgworth
    • Hoddlesden
    • Tockholes.
  • The only general store or post office in the village, if its rateable value is not more than £8,500
  • A food shop with a rateable value of not more than £8,500.
  • The only pub or petrol shop in the village, if its rateable value is not more than £12,500

A business meeting these criteria will automatically qualify for 50% reduction in the amount of rates payable.

The Council can also grant up to a further 50% reduction at its discretion.

The Council can also remit all or part of the rate bill on other property in a settlement on the rural settlement list if the rateable value is £16,500 or less and the council is satisfied that the property is used for a purpose which benefits the local community.

Apply for rural rate relief

If you think that your business is eligible, please contact us.

In most cases we hope to deal with your application in about a week, sometimes we may need to write to you for more information, and if you are successful a new bill will be sent to you showing you your new balance.

If you have applied for Rural rate relief you must continue to pay the instalments on your last bill until you receive a new one. If you don't do this it may mean you get a reminder or even a summons.

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