Rural Relief

You can get 100% rates relief if your property is in a designated rural area (see below) and it is:

  • a small food shop, general store or post office with a rateable value below £8.5k
  • a small hotel, public house or petrol filling station with a rateable value of up to £12,750
  • the only business of it's kind within the settlement area

Up to 100% discretionary relief may be considered for any other business providing a benefit to a rural community where the rateable value of their property is up to £17k. 

What is a designated rural area?

Designated rural areas (also known as rural settlements) must:

  • be wholly or partly within the Scottish Borders
  • have a population not exceeding 3k
  • be wholly or partly within a rural area as prescribed by the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has prescribed the whole of the Scottish Borders as a rural area excluding the settlements of:

  • Eyemouth
  • Galashiels
  • Hawick
  • Jedburgh
  • Kelso
  • Peebles
  • Selkirk

Apply for a reduction

You can apply using our our online form. If you need any assistance, contact our Customer Advice and Support Service.

Download - Properties in Rural Settlements Application Form Download - Rural Settlement List