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Business Rate Exemptions

Business rate exemptions can apply to both empty and occupied properties.

Empty Properties

  • shops and offices that become empty are exempt from business rates for the first three months after which a 100% charge is payable.
  • industrial premises such as factories, warehouses, workshops & stores are exempt for the first six months after which a 100% charge is payable
Other properties exempt from paying empty property rates on an indefinite basis include:
  • listed buildings
  • ancient monuments
  • where the liable person is a deceased person’s representative
  • where the liable person is subject to a bankruptcy/winding up order
  • where the ratepayer is a company in administration/liquidation
  • where the rateable value is less than £2900
  • new properties where a completion notice has not been issued
  • where occupation is prohibited by law
  • where a property that is held by a charity & appears likely to be next used for charitable purposes, or that is held by a community amateur sports club & appears likely to be next used for the purposes of the club

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Occupied Properties

  • certain occupied properties are exempt from business rates and include:
  • agricultural land and buildings
  • fish farms
  • fishing rights
  • places of religious worship
  • certain property of Trinity House i.e. lighthouses, buoys
  • sewers
  • property of drainage authorities
  • parks
  • property used for the disabled
  • air raid protection works
  • swinging moorings

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Contact us

Email
svpp@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 634233

Text Relay
18001 01202 634233

Address
Stour Valley and Poole Partnership
Po Box 722
Poole BH15 2YE