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New Builds Empty Property Relief

The government announced in December 2012 that all newly built commercial property built between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2016 would be exempt from empty property rates for the first 18 months after completion.

This relief is subject to European State Aid limits. We need to be satisfied that the award of this relief will not result in the business concerned exceeding the de minimis threshold of 200,000 Euros over a three-year period.

Policy guidance

The government have issued a policy guidance document to local authorities.

Download Business Rates - New Build Empty Property Guidance [pdf] 78KB

Applying for new builds empty property relief

Please email businessrates@ashford.gov.uk if you believe you are entitled to this relief.