Apply for Empty Property Rate Relief
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For the first 3 months that a business property is empty, we do not charge business rates for the property. For industrial and warehouse property the rate-free period is six months.
After this, a 100% business rate charge will apply to most properties that have been empty for 3 months to six months. This is to ensure vacant shops, offices, factories and warehouses back into use.
Empty properties with a Rateable Value of less than 2900 will be exempt from business rates.
Empty property rate relief for new builds
Empty new builds will now be exempt from empty property rates for up to 18 months up to state aid limits between 01 October 2013 and 30 September 2016.
The 18 month period includes the initial 3 or 6 month extension. The relief will continue beyond 31 October 2016 for those that become eligible before that date.