Occupied premises may be eligible for certain reliefs including:
- Mandatory rate relief
- Discretionary relief
- Small business rate relief
- Hardship relief
- Local discounts
- Re-occupation relief
- Retail relief
When a non-domestic property becomes empty, there is no charge for the first three months, or six months in the case of industrial property. After this, the empty property will be charged at the full business rates. There are some exemptions from this such as listed buildings and properties with a rateable value of less than £2,600.
If only parts of your property are unoccupied, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) may be able to value the unoccupied property separately. The rule about charging after three or six months will then apply to the unoccupied property. If the VOA can't value the unoccupied parts separately, you may still be able to claim some relief under Section 44a of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, which deals with relief on part-occupied properties.
Other sources of support
Business and inward investment have a big part to play in the successful future of our city and we also support business directly though our partners. The Business Growth Hub provides information about support for business.