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.