Empty Or Partially Empty Property

Empty property

Business Rates will not be payable for the first three months that a property is empty.  After the 3-month period rates will be charged at 100% unless the property is exempt e.g. Listed buildings, empty properties owned by charities and community amateur sports clubs (NB. Industrial property will be exempt for 6 months), or has a rateable value of less than the following limits (see table below):-

Up to 31 March 2009                        RV 2,200

01 April 2009 - 31 March 2010           RV 15,000

01 April 2010 - 31 March 2011           RV 18,000

From 01 April 2011                           RV 2,600

Please note - due to the lowering of the Rateable Value limit from 18,000 to 2,600 with effect from 01 April 2011, you may   now be subject to an empty business rate charge.    

In brief, office and retail premises receive 100% relief for the first three months, and industrial and warehouse premises will receive 100% for the first six months, from when the property becomes empty. All rate relief for these properties will end after this time and Non Domestic Rates will be chargeable in full.

You can find more information about business rates at the My Business Rates website.

Empty New Build Exemption - effective from 1st October 2013 

The Government has announced that all newly constructed commercial property completed between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2016, will be exempt from empty property rates, for the first 18 months following it's deemed completion date.

This is designed to encourage new construction, so reorganised properties which are revalued, for example those which have been split or merged, will not automatically qualify. The "new" property has to be wholly or mainly comprised of new structures to qualify for this exemption. Each of these cases will be different, and will be assessed on a case to case basis to assess their eligibility.

It won't be necessary to apply for this exemption. It will be awarded automatically wherever the right circumstances exist.

Partially empty property

If only part of the premises is being used it may be possible to reduce the amount of business rates that are paid.

If you wish to claim this relief you should contact us immediately and we will arrange for one of our Visiting Officers to visit your premises.

The relief would stop if:

  • the unoccupied part becomes occupied
  • the property becomes completely unoccupied  

Dont forget: if you move into, out of, or within Wychavon you need to let us know as this will affect your bill.  
Please contact us with the details.