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Empty Properties

Properties that are empty and unused are exempt from business rates for the first three months. This may be extended to six months for certain industrial properties.

Some empty properties are exempt from the empty property rate;

  • Those with a rateable value below £2,900 from 1 April 2017 (below £2,600 from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2017) 
  • A property held by a Charity or Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and is likely to be used for charitable purposes or for the purposes of the sports club
  • Listed buildings
  • A property owned by a company in administration

Partly occupied property
If your property is partly occupied we can ask the Valuation Office Agency to split the rateable value between the occupied and unoccupied parts. The empty part will qualify for the three or six month empty exemption. After this time, the full-occupied rate will apply to the whole property.

How to apply
If you think you may qualify for one of the above exemptions, contact us by email on or by calling 01507 601111, selecting Business Rates.

Property not capable of occupation
If your property cannot be occupied because it is in poor condition and cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost, the Valuation Office Agency may take it out of the rating list altogether. However, if your property has been damaged for the purpose of avoiding rates, the Valuation Office Agency will make an assessment without taking this change into consideration. For example, if you remove a roof from your empty property in an attempt to stop it being rated, it will be valued as if the roof had not been removed.


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