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If you’re already registered, you can now use Rural Payments to view and update maps of your land. If you haven’t already registered, go to www.gov.uk/ruralpayments or call the Rural Payments Agency on 03000 200 301 to find out more.
Customers have been contacting us about their land parcel screens which are showing sizes of land parcels, land use and land features to different decimal places. We’re working to improve the service to reduce the number of decimal places presented when adding the size of a land use or land feature to a land parcel. You may therefore wish to wait until the service is improved before confirming your land parcels.
We have carried across the information we already hold about land parcels onto the service for you to view and check for each of your businesses. If it needs updating, or if something is missing, you can tell us on the service (or call if you need to - you'll be asked to on the screen).
To claim the Basic Payment Scheme, you need to tell us about:
- land use for each of your parcels
- ineligible land features
- any land features you will use to meet the greening rules, such as hedges and buffer strips.
When adding a land use or feature to a parcel, you must accurately type in its length in metres or its size in hectares when prompted to on screen.
If the system prompts you to, you should also click on the online map to draw the location of the land use or feature, using a choice of Ordnance Survey or aerial photography views to help you.
Once you have added this information, the Rural Payments Agency will check and validate the size and location of changes to your land parcels, to help you accurately claim.
You can’t do everything using Rural Payments right now but do get started with what’s available as there is lots to do. We will be updating the service with new features and making improvements during February and from March, you’ll be able to complete other parts of your Basic Payment Scheme claim, such as checking your entitlements. To find out what you’ll be able to do when, click here.
You can find out more about what you need to tell us, and how – here.
If you need help when using Rural Payments, please call 03000 200 301.