Cross compliance 2020

Farmers and land managers must follow these cross compliance rules from 1 January 2020 for the whole year if they claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2020.

Applies to England

This guidance is for the 2020 year only.

Find the latest rules on the cross compliance pages.


The rules set out in this guidance apply for the whole of 2020. Therefore, you must meet the rules throughout the year.

Guide to cross compliance in England 2020

The Farming Advice Service – if you need help

The Farming Advice Service (FAS) is funded by Defra to provide free, confidential advice to farmers and farming industry advisers to help them understand and meet requirements for cross compliance, ‘greening’, water protection and the sustainable use of pesticides.

Call them on 03000 200 301 or search online for more information about the Farming Advice Service.

What’s new in 2020

There are no confirmed changes to the cross compliance rules in 2020.

Inspections and calculating penalties

For detailed information about inspections and penalties, read the Inspections and the Penalties sections in the ‘Guide to cross compliance in England 2020’ above.

If you’re inspected and the inspector finds something wrong, they use a set of standards called ‘verifiable standards’ to assess how serious the non-compliance is. This is based on the extent of the non-compliance and how severe and permanent it is.

RPA then uses a guide to work out the penalty that is to be applied.

They also use a calculator to work out how severe a non-compliance is for cattle identification and registration for SMR 7.

Get a copy of these documents from Tell them which documents you want, and use ‘Verifiable Standards 2020’ as the email heading.

Contact RPA


Helpline 03000 200 301

Published 13 December 2019