A ratepayer is liable for the full non-domestic rate whether a property is wholly occupied or only partly occupied. There may be occasions where a property is only partly occupied for a short period of time. This maybe due to the business moving in or relocating to a new property. In these instances Telford & Wrekin Council has the discretion to award relief in respect of any unoccupied part under section 44a of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
We will only consider applications for this relief if the unoccupied areas will be vacant for a temporary period only.
If the partial occupation is going to last longer than this, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) may be able to value the unoccupied area separately. Visit the GOV.UK website for further information about business rates.
To apply for this relief you must contact us as soon as the partial occupancy begins. An inspection of the premises is usually made by the Council to confirm the partial occupancy. You may also be required to provide a plan of the premises so that the VOA can accurately apportion the rateable value between the occupied and unoccupied areas.
Last updated: 23/03/2021 10:50