Empty Or Partially 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
01 April 2011 - 31 March 2017 RV 2,600
From 01 April 2017 RV 2,900
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.
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
Don't 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.