Business rates

Rural rate relief

If your property is in a settlement with a population of less than 3,000 which appears in the Council's rural settlement list, the Council may use its local discount powers to grant you 100% rural rate relief.

You must be the occupier and ratepayer of either:

  • a general store or post office with a rateable value of £8,500 or less
  • a public house or petrol filling station with a rateable value of £12,500 or less

Your eligibility will be assessed and decided upon by the Council's Business Rates department. Each application will be treated on its own merits​ and the Council will review:

  • the service provided by the business and its importance to the local community​
  • the impact on the local community if the business should cease to trade​
  • whether the business is competing with or is ancillary to, other businesses operating within the rural settlement​

GOV.UK provides more details on this type of relief. You can also view the Council's rural rate relief policyrural settlement list and the Goose Green settlement boundary as PDF files.


If you don't have a rural rate relief discount on your bill and you think you are eligible, you can apply using the online form at the bottom of this page. ​You will need to provide:​

  • your contact details
  • your business rates account number
  • your ratepayer name
  • the business address
  • the date of occupation
  • details on the business service

Privacy Notice

The information you give on this form is necessary to administer your Business Rates and fulfil the Council's statutory functions. The Borough of Broxbourne Council is committed to protecting your privacy when you use its services. The Council’s Privacy Policy explains how it uses your information and how your privacy is protected.

Apply for rural rate relief

Once the form has been submitted, the Council will contact you within 10 working days with an update on progress. When your eligibility is confirmed you will receive a new business rate bill in the post within three working days.