Guidance

Rural Payments: registering and updating your details

How to register and update your personal, business and land details on the Rural Payments service (including RLE1 guidance).

Documents

New Businesses Questionnaire (IACS 27)

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IACS 27 Guidance

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Separate Business Questionnaire (IACS 26)

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IACS 26 guidance

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Details

What is the Rural Payments service?

The Rural Payments service is Defra’s online registration system for farmers, animal keepers and rural traders and businesses.

They can use it to register their details, see and update digital maps of their land and make online applications for certain rural grants and payments.

It can be used by any person or firm representing a farmer or farming business – such as a firm of agricultural agents.

Throughout the Rural Payments service, there is onscreen guidance which explains how to use it.

You must register on the Rural Payments service if you intend to keep farmed animals (or livestock) on your land or business premises.

Published 28 February 2017
Last updated 15 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Downtime added for Wednesday 17 April 8pm to 10pm
  2. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  3. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  4. Tuesdays Downtime removed as it no longer affects external users
  5. Downtime added for Tuesday 26 March 6pm - 9pm Rural payments and also Wednesday 6pm - 7pm Maps only
  6. Rural Payments Downtime added for Monday 25 March 6pm to 9pm
  7. Downtime added for 19 and 20 March
  8. Update to 'What you can use Rural Payments for' to include add or delete common rights, apply for BPS 2019 and submit a CS 2019 revenue claim.
  9. Downtime added for Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March
  10. Downtime added for Friday 8 march 5pm to Saturday 9 March 12noon
  11. Downtime added for 5 and 6 March
  12. Rural Payments downtime updated.
  13. Rural Payments downtime updated.
  14. Downtime updated
  15. Update to 'What you can use Rural Payments for'.
  16. Edit land use available in Rural Payments service.
  17. Downtime message updated
  18. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  19. Updated Rural Payments service text
  20. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  21. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  22. Downtime updated for Wednesday 16 Jan
  23. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  24. Rural Payments downtime updated
  25. Downtime added for Wednesday 12 December
  26. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  27. Rural Payments system downtime updated
  28. Downtime added for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November
  29. Downtime message for maps being unavailable added for Wednesday 14 Nov
  30. Downtime amended to show Wednesday 7 Nov 6pm to 8pm
  31. Downtime for Thursday 8 November added
  32. Downtime for Wednesday 7 November added
  33. System downtime updated
  34. System downtime updated
  35. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  36. Downtime for Rural Payments service updated to include a Verify log in update
  37. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  38. Downtime added for Wednesday 19 and Friday 21/Sat 22 Sept.
  39. Downtime updated
  40. Update to system downtime
  41. Downtime added for Wednesday 12 September
  42. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  43. Update Rural Payments downtime
  44. Downtime for 22 August amended
  45. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  46. Rural Payment downtime updated
  47. Downtime for Friday 10 August added
  48. Downtime Updated for Wednesday 18 July
  49. Rural Payment service downtime updated
  50. Downtime added for Thursday 14 June
  51. Downtime notice added
  52. Rural Payments downtime updated
  53. Rural Payments downtime updated.
  54. Rural Payments downtime updated
  55. Downtime message removed
  56. Rural Payments downtime addedd
  57. Rural Payments downtime updated
  58. Downtime message removed as it has been postponed
  59. System downtime updated
  60. System downtime updated
  61. System downtime updated
  62. Downtime updated in HTML document
  63. Downtime updated
  64. Downtime updated in HTML document
  65. Updated downtime message for Rural Payments
  66. System downtime updated
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  70. System downtime has been updated
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  78. System downtime updated
  79. Update to GOV.UK Verify text.
  80. system downtime updated
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  84. Downtime page updated
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  92. Updated system down time
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  95. Downtime updated
  96. Update to planned maintenance
  97. System downtime updated
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  99. System downtime updated
  100. Downtime updated
  101. Removal of information about RPA using all available data sources. More information about this is published on the RLE1 GOV.UK page.
  102. Updated text under 'My messages’ in the Rural Payments service'
  103. Update to downtime on 19 August
  104. Removed historic downtime
  105. Removed historic downtime and added new date
  106. Removed historic downtime notice
  107. System downtime added
  108. Removed downtime for 27 July.
  109. System downtime updated
  110. Downtime updated
  111. Removed recent downtime
  112. Reference to collective agreement removed.
  113. Updated systems downtime information
  114. Downtime updated
  115. System downtime updated
  116. Downtime information for Wednesday 28th June removed.
  117. Provisional downtime added
  118. Updated downtime
  119. System downtime updated
  120. New downtime added
  121. Provisional downtime added
  122. updated downtime
  123. Updated to planned maintenance schedule
  124. Downtime message regarding Map availability added
  125. removed the downtime notice
  126. Verify Downtime added
  127. Update downtime for Rural Payments system
  128. Downtime updated for Wednesday 19 April
  129. Updated downtime for Rural Payments
  130. Updated downtime
  131. Updated Rural Payment downtime
  132. Update Rural Payment downtime
  133. Rural Payments downtime updated
  134. First published.