Businesses in Inverclyde are being encouraged to take part in a consultation to help shape how Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief (EPR) is provided locally.
With effect from 1 April 2023, the determination and administration of Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief (EPR) was devolved to local authorities in Scotland. As a result, Councils were required to set their own policy for the rating and reliefs available for unoccupied or vacant properties.
Inverclyde Council’s Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief Policy was agreed on the basis that reliefs mirror the legislation it replaced but with a commitment to develop a local scheme during 2023/24 with any financial implications considered as part of the 2024/25 Budget.
Inverclyde Council’s current Non-Domestic Rates Empty Property Relief Policy is found in the Documents section of this page.
Views are being sought on the proposed changes to the policy and financial incentives or support measures to encourage businesses to occupy empty properties. There are eight questions which should take around 10 minutes to complete. Go to the Other Websites section of this page to complete the questionnaire.
The feedback received will be carefully analysed and findings will be reported to the Policy and Resources Committee in February 2024. Feedback is valued and participation in this consultation will play a vital role in shaping the future of the area.