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.

Apply for a reduction >>

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.

Page last updated: 23/11/2023
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