BPS 2018

Everything rural businesses need to know about the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2018

Latest news

Commons eligibility checks

We’ve published updated guidance about land cover eligibility checks on common land.

Hot and dry weather conditions in England

We’ve published guidance for farmers experiencing difficulties meeting rural grant and payment scheme requirements due to the recent hot and dry weather conditions.

BPS applications are closed

You can no longer make a BPS application for 2018.

Rural Payments service

Some parts of the service are unavailable, so you cannot make changes which may affect your 2018 application. Read more about what you can do using the Rural Payments service.

Countryside Stewardship

Apply for the Countryside Stewardship (CS) Arable Offer. Find out more about the Arable Offer on GOV.UK.

Wet weather derogation announced

George Eustice, Minister of State, announced in May a relaxation (derogation) of the crop diversification rules following wet weather. Read more information about the derogation.

Scheme rules and other guidance

Other guidance and forms:

Continuation booklets (for paper applications):

Payment queries from previous years

If you have a query about a previous BPS payment that you’ve received, please fill in a BPS payment query form and send it to RPA. Then carry on with your 2018 application, declaring your land as it is on 15 May 2018.

Commons eligibility checks

Read everything you need to know about land cover eligibility checks on common land.

Rural Payments service

You can use the Rural Payments service to:

  • register for rural payments
  • update your personal and business details
  • give someone else (like an agent) permission to act on your behalf
  • view your BPS 2018 application summary
  • view your BPS entitlements
  • view and print digital maps of your land parcels
  • view your previous year’s claim
  • apply for Countryside Stewardship, including the Arable Offer.

At the moment you cannot:

  • transfer entitlements
  • transfer or remove land
  • edit land use online
  • add or delete commons rights
  • apply for BPS

Forgotten your online password?

If you’re logging in with a Customer Reference Number (CRN) and have forgotten your password, you can create a new one from the sign-in page.

Click ‘Having trouble signing in?’ then ‘create a new one’.

If you can’t remember your CRN, call RPA on 03000 200 301.

How to use the Rural Payments service – help is available

Onscreen ‘Help’ in the service to guide you if you get stuck. Or you can read and print a copy of all the onscreen Help (PDF, 2.39MB, 52 pages)

Our videos also show you how to use the service.

Planned maintenance of the Rural Payments service

There are times when the Rural Payments service is unavailable because of essential planned maintenance and updates. Check Rural Payments: registering and updating your details to keep up to date about availability of the Rural Payments service.

Contact RPA

Published 9 August 2017
Last updated 17 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. We've added updated guidance about land cover eligibility checks on common land.
  2. Link added to the Hot and dry weather conditions in England guidance.
  3. Updates to latest news and the BPS 2018 page following 15 May application deadline.
  4. Latest news updated to give information about the wet weather derogation.
  5. How to apply online - trouble shooting questions v3.0 published, includes Link to video ‘How to reset your password on the Rural Payments service’ and generate a new application summary to see latest changes and check before submitting.
  6. Update to latest news - Rural Payments helpline is now available
  7. Update to latest news to advise that the Rural Payments helpline is currently unavailable.
  8. V5.0 of BPS 2018 Scheme rules published - Amendment to the wording on the second diagram on page 58.
  9. Amended wording to the second diagram on page 58.
  10. Updated to show Drop-in centres will be open until 10pm on 15 May.
  11. How to apply online - trouble shooting questions v2.0 published, includes updates about checking ‘activate less BPS area’ screen on the Rural Payments service, and Original date and time shown when submitting an updated application.
  12. Scheme Rules update to the entry for 31 May on the Key dates diagram on page 2; update to the ‘Managing fallow land during the EFA fallow period’ section on page 54; update to the example on page 64; update to the ‘Looking after EFA hedges or trees in a line’ section on page 56.
  13. Update latest news to include a link to new guidance 'How to check and change your hedge information'.
  14. New guidance published 'How to check and change your hedge information'
  15. 22 March 2018: V3.0 of BPS 2018 Scheme rules published to update entitlements usage examples 2, 3 and 4 on pages 30 and 31
  16. V3.0 of BPS 2018 Scheme rules published
  17. Update for BPS paper applicants (BP5 forms will be issued to those who applied on paper in 2016 and 2017). Publish version 2.0 of the BPS scheme rules clarifying EFA, including updated diagrams.
  18. Customers can now apply for BPS 2018 in the Rural Payments and all BPS guidance is now available on GOV.UK.
  19. Key Dates added
  20. Added link to BPS2018 land use code
  21. Latest updates for BPS 2018
  22. Further updates made the greening requirements.
  23. Entitlement and land transfers now available for BPS 2018
  24. First published.