Bournemouth Council

Unoccupied Non-Domestic Property

Properties are charged business rates after three months of being empty

If a property has been empty for three months or more, or six months in the case of industrial and warehouse property, it will be charged full business rates.

The exemption periods runs from the date the property became empty and once it’s expired, the ratepayer will have to pay business rates without rate relief.

Are there any exemptions to this charge?

Are there any exemptions to this charge?

After the initial three or six month rate free period expires, empty property will be liable for 100% of the basic occupied business rate unless:

  • It is held by a charity and appears likely to be next used for charitable purposes.
  • It is held by a community amateur sports club and appears to be next used for the purpose of the club.
  • The rateable value of the property is less than £18,000 for the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011; less than £2,600 for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2017; less than £2,900 from 1 April 2017.
  • The owner is prohibited by law from occupying the property. 
  • The owner is prohibited by action taken by the Crown, or any other local or public authority from occupying the premises.
  • The owner is entitled to possession only in his capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person.
  • The property is included in the schedule of monuments compiled under s.1 to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.
  • The building is the subject of a building preservation notice, or which is included in a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest.
  • A bankruptcy order within parts 8 to 11 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • The owner is a trustee under a deed of arrangement to which the Deeds of Arrangement Act 1914 applies.
  • The owner is a company subject to a winding up order made under the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • The owner is entitled to possession of the property in his capacity as liquidator under s112 or s145 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • The owner entitled to possession of the property is a company in administration.

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01202 454833 / 01202 451571

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Bournemouth
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