Reoccupation of retail premises that have been empty for a year or more
This is a relief available from 1 April 2014 to promote reoccupation of long term empty retail premises.
Where a business premises has remained empty for 12 months or more, if the retail premises is occupied between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016, the council may provide a 50% discount for 18 months. This applies to the occupying business.
The business rates office should apply the relief automatically. If you think that you are eligible for the 50% relief, and the relief is not shown on the newly occupied retail premises bill after 1 April 2014, please contact your Business Rates Office shown on your bill as soon as possible.