Certain properties in rural areas can receive help with their Business Rates. The rural areas concerned are contained in the Council's current rural settlements list. The current list contains the following settlements:
A rural settlement is defined as a settlement with a population of no more than 3,000 which is wholly or partly within a Council's area.
The Council must give 50% relief to the following that are situated in a rural settlement:
The Council also has the discretion to allow up to 100% relief to any non-domestic property in a rural settlement with a rateable value of £16,500 or less (including the extra 50% for those that fall in the above category).
The Council can only use its discretion to allow such relief if it is satisfied that the property is used for a purpose that benefits the local community.