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Commercial Vacancy Incentive Scheme 2021

Applications are invited for the newly launched CVIS Scheme 2021.

Before applying, please read thoroughly all accompanying documentation including the checklist.
This will ensure that you have everything you will need to hand before completing the form.

Apply Online Here


Significant changes over the past year arising from the Covid 19 worldwide pandemic have added to an already challenged retail sector across Ireland. An additional range of issues are now facing the sector include seepage of revenue to established online businesses, the health and safety of staff and customers and the additional cost of protecting customers.

Along with this the pre-existing issues have not gone away such as the changing spending habits of the consumers, the expediential growth of online shopping and a lack of capacity of some members of the retail trade to react to changing customers’ needs or circumstances. All of these factors have had a significant impact on the traditional retail centres in towns and villages. The resulting shop closures, reduced economic activity, reduced footfall and consequently vacant and derelict properties are evidenced in the towns and villages of County Tipperary.

An impaired attractiveness of these towns and villages as shopping destinations and perhaps even subsequently becoming a secondary shopping alternative for many consumers, provides the base for working to identifying ways to redress these challenges. It is recognised that support measures are required to assist in re-energising the vitality and vibrancy of the town/village centres. Tipperary County Council has worked with businesses, trade organisations and representatives to support them with a wide range of activities and initiatives, including the Painting and Enhancement Grant funding, the Christmas Retail Support grants, collaborating with local Tidy Town Committees, a dedicated Shop Local Tipperary online campaign, an online portal with details of Tipperary businesses selling on-line, construction/removal of festival crowd control and infrastructure provision of funding for festivals.

The Commercial Vacancy Incentive Scheme was developed to help restore vibrancy and vitality to town and villages. Tipperary County Council developed this mechanism to directly address the issue of vacant retail units. The scheme targets both a reduction in the number of vacant retail units and the stimulation of a differing and engaging retail mix and experience in towns and villages across the county. The scheme limits the financial risk associated with the establishment of a new business thus assisting in providing an entry point to entrepreneurs wishing to start-up.

This scheme adds significantly to the retail infrastructure in towns and villages by creating support to the provision of a more varied, vibrant and exciting offering. Subsequent increases in footfall will assist in the restoration of town and village vitality and provide positive economic impact.

If you have any queries, please contact cvis@tipperarycoco.ie or phone 0818 06 5000 quoting ‘Commercial Vacancy Incentive Scheme’ and your Customer or Rate number.​

Scheme- Full Background and Guidance to the Commercial Vacancy Incentive Scheme 2021
Checklist- A list of all the documentation required through the application form
Supplier Request Form
Terms and Conditions of the Scheme

Prime Retail Areas



Tipperary Town







Town Centre Zone Locations

Apply Online Here

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 - 16:00
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