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The general election takes place on Thursday 12th December. If you are not registered already, the deadline to register to vote in the election is midnight on Tuesday 26th November. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26th November. The deadline to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf is 5pm on Wednesday 4th December 2019. For more information, please visit our election pages

Empty Buildings/Properties

Details of the relief available if your building/property is empty.


  • Where to report an empty building/property.

What if my building/property is empty?

If your property is empty, an exemption can be applied for the first three months (or six months for industrial premises).

If the property is occupied during this period by a new owner, they will become liable to pay Business Rates. To qualify for a new exemption period the property must have been occupied continuously for six weeks prior to it being vacated again.

If the property is unoccupied after the given exemption period, full Business Rates will be charged.

Business Rates are not charged if the property is empty and:

•           It is a small property with a rateable value of less than £2,600

•           A ‘Listed Building’

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