Business rates discounts

Fresh start scheme

From 1 April 2021, this scheme allows for 100 per cent relief for up to one year for new occupation of a property that has been receiving empty property relief for 6 months immediately preceding new occupation. The rateable value of eligible property must not exceed £100,000. (£95,000 prior to 1 April 2023). 

If you are interested in starting a business in an empty property please contact the Rates Team to discuss any possible relief entitlements.

An application for relief must be made and any relief may not be backdated ie. an application must be made in-year and relief provided from 1 April of that financial year.

Application Form