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Empty buildings

If your business property is empty you may be entitled to a discount

Empty properties

Unoccupied and empty buildings are entitled to an exemption from occupied rates for three months when they become vacant (this is extended to six months for qualifying industrial premises). Following the exemption the full charge is payable.

The following properties are exempt from an occupied charge, until they become occupied:

  • buildings for the first three months since last occupied
  • buildings for the first six months since last occupied (Qualifying Industrial Premises)
  • listed buildings
  • buildings with rateable value under £2,900
  • buildings owned by charities, if the intention is to use them for charitable purposes in future
  • community amateur sports club buildings, if the intention is to use them as a sports club in future
  • buildings where the ratepayer is bankrupt, the business is being wound up or in administration, or the ratepayer is deceased

Businesses that occupy a property, only trading on a seasonal basis at certain time of the year, do not qualify for relief during the closed period.

How to apply

Please contact us on 01553 616200 to apply for an exemption.