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Fresh Start Relief for business rates

Business rates relief is available for new occupation of a previously unoccupied property through the Fresh Start Scheme.

You must apply for Fresh Start Relief within the first three years of a previously unoccupied shop, office, hotel, pub or restaurant.

Relief is granted at 50% for a period of 12 months.


You can qualify for this reduction if:

  • the property has previously been in receipt of empty property relief for a continuous period of at least 12 months
  • the property has a rateable value of under £65,000 and when last occupied, the property was used as a shop, office, hotel, pub or restaurant.
  • there has not been a last use and the property is intended to be used as a shop, office, hotel, pub or restaurant.

Apply for reduction

What happens next

We'll review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a discount, this can take 2 or 3 weeks. We may ask for more information to help us make a decision.

Page last updated: 12/01/18