Our City, Our Wellbeing, our new Corporate Strategy for the next four years is here

This plan outlines our vision and key priorities to create a thriving city for everyone. We've identified these priorities based on the challenges and opportunities facing our community.

View the Corporate Strategy here...

Apply for a business rates discount

Empty buildings

You don’t have to pay business rates on empty buildings for three months after the property becomes vacant. After this time, most businesses must pay full business rates.

  • Industrial premises, such as warehouses, are exempt for a further three months 
  • Listed buildings are exempt until they become occupied again  
  • Buildings with a rateable value under £2,900 are exempt until they become occupied again 
  • Properties owned by charities are exempt if the property's next use is mainly for charitable purposes  
  • Community amateur sports club buildings are exempt if their next use is mainly for a sports club

Tell us your business property is empty