Empty property exemptions for businesses

If your property is empty you may be eligible for an empty property exemption. Offices and shops are eligible for a three month exemption. Industrial premises are eligible for a six month exemption. The exemption will begin from the date the property became empty. It will also be applied from this date even if the property was empty prior to you owning or leasing the property.

You may qualify for an empty property exemption if:

  • the property is prohibited by law
  • action has been taken to prohibit occupation or acquire occupation
  • the property is listed
  • the property  is an ancient monument
  • the property has a rateable value below £2,900
  • the property is being held by a representative of a deceased person
  • the responsible party is insolvent or in administration


To apply you will need to:

  • Download and complete the empty property exemption form
  • Scan the completed form using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone
  • Send the scanned/pictured image to your computer eg by email or text
  • Attach the image and answer all the questions on the evidence form