If your business property becomes vacant contact our Business Rates Team to apply for empty rate relief.

Most business properties that have been empty for more than three months (or in the case of industrial property for more than six months) do not receive business rate relief.

After the initial three (or six) month rate-free period expires, empty property will be liable for 100% of the 'occupied business rate', unless they fall into one of the following categories:

  • property owned by registered charities which will next be used for charitable purposes
  • property owned by community amateur sports clubs which will next be used by the club
  • listed buildings
  • ancient monuments
  • property with a rateable value of between £2,600 and £17,999 (for 2010/11 only)
  • property with a rateable value of less than £2,600
  • property subject to insolvency and debt administration
  • property where occupation is prohibited by law.

Partly empty business properties

If part of your business property will be vacant for a specific period of time, or you're moving out on a gradual basis, you may be entitled to a reduction based on the Valuation Office Agency certifying the rateable value of the occupied and unoccupied areas of your premises (known as a section 44A certificate). 

Contact our Business Rates Team to discuss whether you're eligible for a business rates reduction.

Temporary empty property relief for newly built premises

All newly built commercial properties (completed between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2016) are empty from business rates for the first 18 months, up to the state aids limits.

Contact our Business Rates Team for more information.

Reoccupation relief

The Government provided a 50% business rates discount for 18 months for businesses moving into previously empty retail premises between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016, up to the State Aid De Minimis limit.

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