Business rates reductions for unoccupied properties
Unoccupied Rates Relief of 50% is awarded for the first three months that a property is empty, industrial properties can get a 6 month exemption. After that the rates charge is set at 90%.
Certain types of property such as listed buildings or buildings with rateable values less than £1,700 can apply for 100% relief while they are empty.
Please note on 3 October 2023 Communities Committee agreed that from 1st April 2024, all empty properties (business premises which is not currently in use as an active business) would receive a maximum period of 1 year relief from when the property was last occupied.
The relief available would be as follows:
- 50% relief for first 3 months after rateable occupation ends
- 10% relief for 9 months after 3 month 50% relief ends
You can apply if the property you pay rates for is currently empty.
What happens next
We'll review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a discount, this can take 2 or 3 weeks. We may ask for more information to help us make a decision.