If your business property is unoccupied and unfurnished you can apply for empty property relief. Our definition of unfurnished is cleared of all moveable items otherwise the property is being used for storage. Exceptions may relate to industrial subjects where certain plant and machinery remains.
What relief is available
Non exempt properties (e.g. offices, retail and leisure subjects)
Empty relief is calculated at 50% of the normal charge for the first three months and thereafter 10% relief applies for the remainder of the period whilst the property is empty.
Industrial subjects (e.g. factories, warehouses and workshops)
Full relief from the normal charge is calculated for the first six months and thereafter 10% relief applies for the remainder of the period whilst the property is empty.
Exempt properties (e.g. rateable value less than £1,700, listed buildings (including any subjects in the above two categories), properties where occupation is prohibited by law)
Full exemption from the normal rates charge will continue to apply for the period the property is empty.
How to apply
Download an application form and supply evidence as specified on the form.