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Fresh Start Relief

Business rates relief (known as Fresh Start Relief) may be available to ratepayers occupying certain long term empty properties.

Relief may be awarded where you occupy premises that have a rateable value less than £95,000 (increased from £65,000 as of 1st April 2021) that were previously unoccupied for at least 6 months.

In such circumstances 100% rates relief may be awarded for the first 12 months of occupation.

No relief may be awarded where any form of pay day lending takes place within the premises.

How do I apply?

Apply online for Fresh Start Relief

For further information, contact Local Taxes at or call 01738 477430 (selecting option 2).