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Business rates reliefs and exemptions

Empty commercial property

You don’t have to pay Business Rates on empty buildings for 3 months from the first day they become vacant.

After this time, most businesses must pay full Business Rates.

Some properties can get extended empty property relief:

  • industrial premises (eg warehouses) are exempt for a further 3 months
  • listed buildings - until they’re reoccupied
  • where they have a rateable value under £2,600 - until they’re reoccupied
  • when owned or leased by charities - only if the property’s next use will be mostly for charitable purposes
  • when owned or leased by community amateur sports clubs - only if the next use will be mostly as a sports club
  • when they are built between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2016 - they can claim empty rates for the first 18 months

If the property changes ownership in the period of relief, the new ratepayer will only be allowed the remainder of the entitlement. Contact us as soon as your property becomes vacant.

If your premises become affected by local disruption, such as flooding or building work, contact us using the details below and also contact the Valuation Office Agency to see if your rateable value can be temporarily reduced.