The BPS application opens this week (13th March), whilst you can now add land to your holding via email@example.com with the email subject as ‘BPS 2019 Add Land’ – replacing the need for the old paper BP5 or Continuation booklet. When RPA have completed your request to add land they will confirm with an email.
13th March 2019 – BPS application and entitlement transfer window opens.
4th May 2019 – deadline for adding land to your holding for 2019 application.
15th May 2019 – BPS 2018 application, entitlements transfer and applications to the national reserve deadlines.
31 May 2019 – deadline for making certain changes to a submitted BPS application without penalty submitted before 15th May 2019 (midnight).
Please make sure you use the right land use codes on your 2019 application – the full list can be viewed here (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rural-payments-land-use-codes-2019) and if in doubt, please give us a call to check.
When completing your application, it is also advisable to check the BPS Cross Compliance Booklet (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cross-compliance-2019) – there are no new changes to compliance from Spring 2018 applications, but if you need reassurance and to help avoid costly delays in payments we are happy to check your application for compliance as part of our services.