Rate relief and refunds

Empty and void commercial properties

Empty commercial properties

Business rates do not need to be paid:

  • for the first three months that a non-industrial property is empty
  • for the first six months that an industrial property is empty

After this time your business rates will be payable in full, unless the property rate has been reduced by government order.

Exempt commercial properties

There are various circumstances where empty properties are completely exempt from paying business rates, for example:

  • Up until 31/03/2017: if your property has a Rateable Value of less than £2,600 it will be exempt
  • From 01/04/2017: if your property has a Rateable Value of and less than £2,900 it will be exempt
  • Listed buildings will be exempt
  • Properties where the liable ratepayer is in bankruptcy, liquidation or administration will be exempt
  • Properties where a charity is the liable ratepayer will be exempt

If you wish to discuss empty rate relief, please contact our Revenues team.

Contact business rates

Contact our Revenues Team

Telephone: 01522 873342