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Exempted buildings and empty properties relief

Some properties are exempt from paying business rates.

You may not have to pay business rates on:

  • agricultural land and buildings
  • buildings used for training or welfare of disabled people
  • buildings registered for religious worship or church halls

Empty properties

You don't have to pay business rates on empty buildings for three months. 

Some properties can get this extended after the three months:

  • industrial premises (for example, warehouses) are exempt for a further three months
  • listed buildings as long as they are empty
  • buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 as long as they're empty
  • charity or community amateur sports clubs building as long as they're empty