Business rate exemptions for empty buildings

Empty properties are exempt from business rates for three months, and industrial buildings for six months, and some properties remain exempt until they become occupied again.

If you make any changes to your circumstances or payment methods after 2 March 2018, we will be aware of the changes but they won't show up in your annual bill. 

This is because we're currently in the process of issuing the annual bills and unable to add any changes.

You'll be sent an up to date bill after 5 April 2018.

The following buildings are exempt until they become occupied:

  • listed buildings
  • buildings with rateable value under £2,900 (effective from 1 April 2017)
  • buildings owned by charities, if the intention is to use them for charitable purposes in future
  • community amateur sports club buildings, if the intention is to use them as a sports club in future
  • buildings where the ratepayer is bankrupt, the business is being wound up or in administration, or the ratepayer is dead

Apply for an empty property exemption