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8. Empty property re-occupation relief

You can get 50 per cent off your business rates if you occupy a retail premises that’s been empty for one year or more.

50 percent rate relief is available to businesses moving into premises that have been empty for at least 12 months prior to occupation which when last used were wholly or mainly used for retail.

The relief will be available for 18 months on property which become occupied between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016.

We will be able to identify eligible businesses when the qualifying criteria are met.

How to apply

 Please contact us by calling 01395 517445 or email businessrates@eastdevon.gov.uk.

The Government's guidance note gives further information about Reoccupation Relief.