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Unoccupied & partially occupied properties

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Property with a rateable value of 2,600 and above that has been empty for more than three months, or in the case of industrial property, for more than six months does not receive any relief and has to pay full business rates. 

Empty properties with a rateable value below 2,600 do not have to pay these empty property rates. 

Empty properties which are wholly or mainly new structures and which are completed between 1st October 2013 and 30th September 2016 may be exempt from empty rates for up to 18 months from the date of completion of the property.  For more information please contact us on 01282 425011 or email us at localtaxation@burnley.gov.uk.

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 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

  • Listed buildings and ancient momuments

  • The owner is entitled to possession only in his capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person

  • Properties whose owner is a company which is subject to a winding-up order, a company in administration, or in liquidation

  • Properties whose owner is subject to a bankruptcy order within the meaning of section 381(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986

Can I have my property removed from the rating list?

If your property is in poor condition and cannot be economically repaired, the valuation officer may judge that it should be taken out of the rating list altogether. Further information is available from:

Non Domestic Rates North West
Valuation Office Agency
72 Church St
Liverpool, L1 3AY

Email:  ratingnorthwest@voa.gsi.gov.uk
Tel: 03000 501501

Partly occupied properties

Partly occupied properties may be entitled to receive Section 44A relief for a temporary period where a property is only being partially used and the unoccupied area is completely unused. 

This relief is granted at the Council's discretion and can only be awarded for a maximum of 3 months, or for 6 months in the case of industrial properties. Please complete and return the Section 44A application form if you would like to apply for this relief.

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