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:

  • 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 Malvern Hills you need to let us know as this will affect your bill.