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Unoccupied commercial property relief

Properties which are empty will not be charged Business Rates for the first three months. This is extended to six months for certain industrial properties. After this period, Business Rates will be charged in full.

However, there are some properties which are exempt and will not be charged:

  • listed buildings
  • properties with a rateable value of less than £2,900
  • unoccupied properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs which will be occupied for charitable purposes in the future

Part-occupied buildings

You'll normally have to pay the full amount of Business Rates even if your premises is only partly occupied.

If your premises is only partly occupied on a temporary basis, we may offer you Business Rates relief for the unoccupied part.

You can find out more about Section 44a part-occupied relief, including eligibility criteria, in the Business Rates discretionary rates relief policy.

You must pay the instalments shown on your bill until your application for hardship relief has been decided. If you do not pay, we may take recovery action.

You can find out more about exempted buildings and empty buildings relief on GOV.UK.