Reduce your business rates

Unoccupied property rating

Business rates will not be 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. In addition, there are a number of exemptions from the unoccupied property rate.

Full details on exemptions can be obtained from the council. If the unoccupied property rate for the financial year has been reduced by order, it will be shown on the front of your non-domestic rates bill.

Please download and complete an outgoing occupier form.