Exempt properties Certain types of property are exempt from the payment of business rates. This means that no business rates are charged for them. See what properties are exempt from business rates Empty properties All non-domestic properties, except certain qualifying industrial properties, which are empty and unused are exempt from payment of business rates for a continuous period of three months from the date on which they first became empty. Empty properties that are exempt from business rates Business rate relief Certain businesses and organisations qualify for business rate relief. Organisations that are suffering severe hardship may also qualify. Organisations that qualify for business rate relief Business rate relief policy The policy for the granting of mandatory and discretionary rate relief has been revised with effect from 1st April 2020.