If you would like to apply for fresh start relief you can do so by completing the form below.

How we use the information you provide.

a. Application Details

Please note that fields marked * are required.

In order that we can deal with your enquiry quickly and fully, please provide as much information as you can. Failure to provide all of the information requested may result in a delay and we may need to contact you again for more information.

Full name of person making application *

Position within the business

Your correspondence address and postcode

Daytime telephone number *

Your email address *

b. Business Details

Business rates account number (9 digits) *

Business/Organisation name *

Business/Organisation address and postcode *

Business/Organisation telephone number *

Business/Organisation email address *

Company registration number (if applicable)

VAT registration number (if applicable)

Start date of liability *

Date of occupation of premises, if different from above

Rateable Value (if known)

Do you currently own or lease the property?
Yes  No  

Will you continue to own or lease the property after vacating?
Yes  No  

If you lease the property, when does the lease expire?

If you lease the property, please complete section c. Otherwise, skip to section d.

c. Owner Details

Owner's title and full name

Owner's correspondence address and postcode

Owner's daytime telephone number

Owner's email address

d. Property Details

What was the property last used for?

What is the intended use of the property?

e. Other businesses you may have

Do you own or occupy any other business properties in East Lothian?
Yes  No  

If yes, please complete the following:
Account no. Property address Rateable value

Do you own or occupy any other business properties in Scotland?
Yes  No  

If yes, please complete the following:
Account no. Property address Local Authority Rateable value

If you own or occupy any other business properties in Scotland, we will need to see a copy of your most recent business rates bill. This can be emailed to rates@eastlothian.gov.uk

If you have been awarded relief for any of these business properties, please provide details of type of relief awarded and the value:

f. Additional Information

If you would like to provide us with any additional information to support your application, please complete the following:

I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the information given on this form is true and correct. I understand that it is an offence to knowingly make a false declaration. I understand that enquiries may be made to verify the information given and that this may include inspection of the property. If awarded relief, I will inform the business rates team of any change in circumstances affecting the amount of business rates payable.

In addition to periodic reviews of entitlement, applicants must notify the Council of any material changes likely to affect relief. Retrospective withdrawal of relief is possible (up to 24 months) if investigation reveals that relief has continued in circumstances outwith the Council's qualifying criteria.

Applicants should note that the fresh start relief for which they are applying is being granted as de minimus aid for state aid purposes. There is a ceiling of 200,000 euros (approximately 150,000) of de minimus aid, that can be granted over a rolling three year period and if you consider that you have already received in excess of, or close to this sum over the past three years, please provide details.