Rural Rates Relief (often called Village Shop relief) is available to General stores, post offices, small food shops, public house, hotels or petrol stations in rural settlements. The property must have a rateable value of £17,000 or less and be based outside Kirkwall. From 1 April 2017 mandatory rates relief of 100% may be available and in some instances discretionary relief may be available if mandatory relief does not apply.
A rural settlement is an area that has a population of 3,000 people or less (excluding Kirkwall) - mainly following Parish boundaries. A list of the rural settlements that have been defined in Orkney can be downloaded from the Related Downloads section of this page.
From 1 April 2017 mandatory rates relief of 100% is available if:
Before 1 April 2017 the mandatory relief available was 50%.
Relief of up to 100% is available for properties with a rateable value of £17,000 or less that are not eligible for mandatory relief - for example, because the rateable value is too high or it is not the only such business in the rural settlement.
You can download an Application form for Rural Rates Relief from Related Downloads section of this page.