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Business Rates - Application for Mandatory Rate Relief on Former Agricultural Premises

From 15 August 2001 a new mandatory relief was introduced for payers of Non Domestic Rates (business rates). This relief is available to certain ratepayers who occupy former agricultural premises. The purpose of the scheme is to make 50% rate relief available for new farm diversification enterprises that do not qualify for exemption as agricultural land or buildings. New qualifying 'farm enterprises' can benefit from this relief for 5 years from 15 August 2001 or for a lessor period if they are set up after this date. The scheme may be extended in the future but a ratepayer can not receive relief for a period greater than 5 years.

Do I qualify for the Mandatory Relief?

The property:
- must have a rateable value of 6,000 (7,000 with effect from 1st April 2005) or less

- must have been mainly agricultural land or buildings for at least 6 months (during the period 15 August 2000 to 15 August 2001)

- must not be a Stud farm. Charities cannot qualify if they are entitled to the 80% reduction already.

If you believe that your premises fulfill these criteria then please complete this form.

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