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 10 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Downtime added for Wednesday 12 December
  2. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  3. Rural Payments system downtime updated
  4. Downtime added for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November
  5. Downtime message for maps being unavailable added for Wednesday 14 Nov
  6. Downtime amended to show Wednesday 7 Nov 6pm to 8pm
  7. Downtime for Thursday 8 November added
  8. Downtime for Wednesday 7 November added
  9. System downtime updated
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  11. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  12. Downtime for Rural Payments service updated to include a Verify log in update
  13. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  14. Downtime added for Wednesday 19 and Friday 21/Sat 22 Sept.
  15. Downtime updated
  16. Update to system downtime
  17. Downtime added for Wednesday 12 September
  18. Rural Payments service downtime updated.
  19. Update Rural Payments downtime
  20. Downtime for 22 August amended
  21. Rural Payments service downtime updated
  22. Rural Payment downtime updated
  23. Downtime for Friday 10 August added
  24. Downtime Updated for Wednesday 18 July
  25. Rural Payment service downtime updated
  26. Downtime added for Thursday 14 June
  27. Downtime notice added
  28. Rural Payments downtime updated
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  31. Downtime message removed
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  34. Downtime message removed as it has been postponed
  35. System downtime updated
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  38. Downtime updated in HTML document
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  41. Updated downtime message for Rural Payments
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  55. Update to GOV.UK Verify text.
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  72. Update to planned maintenance
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  76. Downtime updated
  77. Removal of information about RPA using all available data sources. More information about this is published on the RLE1 GOV.UK page.
  78. Updated text under 'My messages’ in the Rural Payments service'
  79. Update to downtime on 19 August
  80. Removed historic downtime
  81. Removed historic downtime and added new date
  82. Removed historic downtime notice
  83. System downtime added
  84. Removed downtime for 27 July.
  85. System downtime updated
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  87. Removed recent downtime
  88. Reference to collective agreement removed.
  89. Updated systems downtime information
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  92. Downtime information for Wednesday 28th June removed.
  93. Provisional downtime added
  94. Updated downtime
  95. System downtime updated
  96. New downtime added
  97. Provisional downtime added
  98. updated downtime
  99. Updated to planned maintenance schedule
  100. Downtime message regarding Map availability added
  101. removed the downtime notice
  102. Verify Downtime added
  103. Update downtime for Rural Payments system
  104. Downtime updated for Wednesday 19 April
  105. Updated downtime for Rural Payments
  106. Updated downtime
  107. Updated Rural Payment downtime
  108. Update Rural Payment downtime
  109. Rural Payments downtime updated
  110. First published.