You do not usually have to pay business rates on empty buildings for 3 months. After this time, most businesses must pay full business rates.
This is to bring vacant shops, offices, factories and warehouses back into use. The intention is to encourage owners to re-let, redevelop or sell unused property; improving access to premises and reducing rents for businesses, as well as reducing the need for development on greenfield land.
Some properties can get extended empty property exemption. These include:
- industrial premises (for example warehouses) are exempt for a further 3 months
- listed buildings – until they’re reoccupied
- buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 – until they’re reoccupied
- properties owned by charities – only if the property’s next use will be mostly for charitable purposes
- community amateur sports clubs buildings – only if the next use will be mostly as a sports club
Other circumstances can include insolvency or administration, the death of the owner or if there is a legal reason that the property can’t be occupied. Please contact us for details.
To receive an exemption we will need to visit the property to confirm the property is empty. Contact us to let us know when your property becomes vacant. Please note retrospective empty exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.
Empty property rate relief online form
Apply by post
Please print and send to the address below.