Annual council tax notices -
You should receive your annual council tax notice during March. You can pay your bill by Direct Debit, online, by telephone or in person.

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: 12/01/2018
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