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Vacant Property Development

We can provide advice to owners on how to sell, rent, repair or convert properties to another use.

The Council's services

The Council's focus is on advice and support for owners who want to do something with their empty property: providing information about the range of options available to help owners select the solution that is right for them. We also look at what can be done about problematic properties, and those where the owner has no intention of returning a property to use.

Your options

There is a range of options for vacant properties, like:

  • letting it out;
  • living in it yourself;
  • or selling.

The team can also advise on the availability of grants and other financial incentives for bringing empty properties back into use. We can also give advice on common repairs to owners of flats.  Please see our icon vacant property leaflet [514Kb] for more details.

Current available grants

Commercial property regeneration fund

As part of its ongoing focus to improve the appeal, performance and economic success of the city and town centres, the Council set up a grant fund to assist business and property owners to upgrade and re-purpose vacant commercial properties in order to bring them back into use as business premises or housing to help implement sustainable economic growth. 

Property owners or tenants could apply for grant assistance of up to 50% of the cost of the project to a maximum of £75K.  

Due to the large number of applications that have been received, this fund closed on Monday, 9 November at 5.00 pm in order to allow processing and assessment of applications received to date.  

If you would like to submit an expression of interest for future consideration please e-mail or phone Isobel Butt on 07917 093247.

Vacant property feasibility grant

This grant is to help fund professional fees up to £5,000 for preparing a feasibility study about bringing an empty property back into use.

Perth City Heritage Fund

This fund is administered by Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust and can assist with funding for projects involving repairs to the fabric of buildings in the central Perth conservation areas.  More information and application details can be found on the Perth City Heritage Fund web page.

More information

For more information, please email or by phoning 01738 475955 or 01738 476561.