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New build empty property relief

The government has introduced a new temporary measure which will provide rate relief for newly built non domestic properties (commercial) that remain unoccupied in the first 18 months after completion.

Qualifying criteria

The property has to have been completed for the purposes of occupation after 1 October 2013 and before 30 September 2016.

Relief allowed

The Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008 provide that empty rates are not payable until a non-industrial property has been empty for 3 months or an industrial property has been empty for 6 months. In practice an unoccupied new build property would benefit from the relief for periods that rates are payable i.e. once the initial 3 or 6 month rate free period has expired. Any relief will be subject to State Aid limits.

Where new properties are created from splits and mergers it may also be possible to award relief.

How to apply

When it is clear that you will not be occupying a newly built property straight away you should contact the business rates team to advise them on 0300 123 1384.

The business rates team will send an application form when a property has been newly added to the Valuation List and the council is aware that it has not been occupied.

However if you believe that you may be entitled to this relief and have not yet received an application form please  complete this form [69kb].

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