Unoccupied and Partly Occupied Property Relief

Unoccupied Property Rating

Business rates are not payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.

After this period, rates are payable in full unless the unoccupied property rate has been reduced by the Government by order. In most cases the unoccupied property rate is zero for properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs.

There are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate. Full details on exemptions can be obtained from us. If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your bill.

Partly Occupied Property Relief

A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. Where a property is partly occupied for a short time, the local authority has discretion in certain cases to award relief in respect of the unoccupied part.

Full details can be obtained from us. For more information, call 01462 474668.