Business Rates Discretionary Rural Rate Relief Application
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Notes to read before you fill in this form. You will also be required to submit the relevant State Aid Declaration Form after reading the guidance notes.
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 Council also has discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill.
In addition, the Council has the discretion to give relief on certain other occupied property in a rural settlement where the rateable value is less than £16,500.
Please ensure that you have read the notes on Rural Rate Relief before completing this application.
State Aid
State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. Providing discretionary relief to ratepayers is likely to amount to State Aid. However Rural Rate Relief will be State Aid compliant where it is provided in accordance with the De Minimis Regulations (1407/2013)2.
The De Minimis Regulations allow an undertaking to receive up to €200,000 of De Minimis aid in a three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years).
Ratepayers will be required to return a State Aid declaration confirming whether they have received any other De Minimis State Aid, which might include for example the £1000 Retail Relief and to confirm that the award of the Rural Rate Relief would not cause the ratepayer to exceed the €200,000 of State Aid an undertaking can receive under the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013.
Further guidance on State Aid
The De Minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24.12.2013) can be downloaded at
WARNING: If you knowingly submit the form and it is found to be false, you could be subject to prosecution.
You must notify Sefton Council immediately if there are any changes in circumstances that may affect a discount or a relief.
To complete a Discretionary Rural Relief Application you will need:
- your Business Rates Account Number
- details of all State Aid received in the last two financial years or due in this financial year, where appropriate, including amounts, date received, the organisation providing the aid and the nature of the aid.
- To give consent to the disclosure for the purpose of this application of the following;
organisation name
business address
type of relief claimed
amount and period of relief
rates payable
No financial information will be disclosed
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