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Rural Rate Relief

Information about relief for businesses in a rural area


  • Rural Rate Relief

If you have a small business and you are in a rural area with a population of less than 3000 people you will get 100% relief as long as you occupy a property in one of Colchester's rural settlements and it is

The only general store, food shop or post office with a rateable value of up to £8,500

The only public house or petrol station with a rateable value of up to £12,500

If you are eligible for this additional support, we will send you a new Business Rate Demand.


If you consider you are eligible for this relief and have not received a revised demand, please contact the team:

• 01206 282300 - option 2

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