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What is a Completion Notice?

Completion Notices are issued on commercial properties, either newly built or those nearing structural completion.

Legislation states Completion Notices are served on the 'owner' where a premises is structurally complete; or remaining work can reasonably be completed within three months. The property need not be structurally complete by the completion date; only capable of completion. When setting a completion date, legislation does not allow us to consider other factors; whether financial or personal.

The 'owner' is the 'person entitled to possession'. Progress updates will be asked for from developers/owners and site visits may be made.
The Completion Notice states the completion date; this is when the premises will be rated and enter the Business Rates list. Completion Notices are sent to the 'owner' at their registered or home address.

If you disagree with a Completion Notice call 01507 601111, selecting Business Rates. If we cannot resolve this, you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of the Completion Notice being served.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can a Completion Notice be backdated?
A. No. The Notice and completion date must be with immediate effect or up to three months in advance of the premises becoming structurally complete.

Q. How will the Completion Notice be issued?
A. Usually by registered post to the home address or registered address of the 'owner'.

Q. What happens if the premises are empty on the completion date?
A. It will be exempt. If the property remains empty once the exemption ends, a full charge will be payable. See Empty Properties.