Relief for Partly Occupied Properties - Business Rates

Where a non-domestic property is only partly occupied a ratepayer has two options in order for the liability to be reduced

  1. If the unoccupied part is likely to remain empty for a long time, the ratepayer may be able to apply to the Valuation Office Agency for a division of the assessment, thereby creating two or more separate entries in the Rating List.
  2. If part of the property is unoccupied for only a short time, the ratepayer may apply to the Council for an apportionment of the rates payable.

In this case, the Council may ask the Valuation Office Agency for a certificate stating how the rateable value should be apportioned between the occupied and unoccupied parts of the property. The unoccupied part can then be treated separately to the occupied part of the property. The entry in the Rating List is not altered.

The unoccupied property rules will apply to the unoccupied portion, i.e. full rates will become due after 3 or 6 months depending upon the property description.

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