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Business rate relief

Rural businesses

You may be eligible for a discount on your business rates if you're the only Post Office, general store, public house, agricultural premises and petrol station and it has a rateable value of:

  • £8,500 or less for post offices, general stores and agricultural premises
  • £12,500 or less for public houses or petrol station

You premises will also need to be in one of the following areas:

  • Bobbing Borden
  • Boughton-Under-Blean
  • Bredgar Doddington
  • Dunkirk
  • Eastchurch
  • Eastling
  • Graveney and Goodnestone
  • Hartlip
  • Hernhill
  • Lower Halstow
  • Leysdown
  • Lynsted
  • Luddenham
  • Newington
  • Milstead
  • Norton and Buckland
  • Newnham
  • Ospringe
  • Oare
  • Rodmersham
  • Selling
  • Sheldwich
  • Stalisfield
  • Teynham
  • Throwley
  • Tonge
  • Tunstall
  • Upchurch

Applying

You can apply for rural business rates relief by downloading the rural business rates relief application form (PDF 222kb). You'll need:

  • your business rates reference number
  • the address of your premises

Once you've completed your application, you'll need to email it to our business rates team at ndr@swale.gov.uk.

For alternative ways to send us your application, including by post, you can visit our contact us page.

What happens next

Once you've applied for rural business rates relief, we'll:

  • update your business rates account
  • issue you with an updated business rates bill within 21 days