Commercial and Industrial Property Rebate Program - Town of Gravenhurst

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Commercial and Industrial Property Rebate Program

In general, Commercial and/or Industrial Taxpayers may make application to the Town for a Rebate of Property Taxes if all or a portion of their business property was vacant or unused for 90 consecutive days or more. 

The current percentage reduction is 30%

The Town of Gravenhurst is considering the option of cancelling this rebate program starting in 2018 based on recommendations brought forward by the District of Muskoka in September.

We are seeking public feedback to include in an upcoming report to Council. 

Please email your throughts to Jeff.loney@gravenhurst.ca

 

Eligibility 

Category 1 - Buildings that are Entirely Vacant A whole commercial or industrial building will be eligible for rebate if:

- The entire building was unused for at least 90 consecutive days

- A building or portion of a building will not be eligible for a rebate if:

  • It is used for commercial or industrial activity on a seasonal basis
  • It is leased to a tenant who is in possession of the leasehold interest throughout the period of time
  • During the period of vacancy it was included in a sub-class for vacant land
  • It is used for storage of items that do not fall into the category of fixtures
  • It is occasional, temporary, reduced or underutilization of the space

Category 2 - Buildings that are Partially Vacant A suite or unit within a commercial building will be eligible for a rebate if, for at least 90 consecutive days, it was:

  • Unused
  • Clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building
  • Capable of being leased for immediate occupation
  • Undergoing or in need of repairs or renovations that prevented it from being available for lease for immediate occupation
  • Unfit for occupation

A portion of an industrial building will be eligible for a rebate if, for at least 90 consecutive days it was:

  • Unused
  • Clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building.

Application must be submitted by the last day of February following the taxation year in which the application relates.

In order to expedite the application process, please include evidence that the unit was available for rent and clearly delineated from the rest of the building or that it was undergoing repairs/renovations. 

  • Invoices
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Pictures
  • Chamber of Commerce Listing
  • Proof of repairs/renovations
  • Plan or layout of vacant area and other related buildings
  • Zoning information

Vacancy Rebate Application Form (PDF)

Note: For complete information about eligibility and application requirements, please refer to section 364 of the Municipal Act, 2001 Ontario Regulation 325/01