Local Government Election 2022 Results

The count for the election will take place at West Lothian College on Friday 6 May 2022. The results will be made available using the link above.

Empty rates

Details of when you might be entitled to empty rates.

If your property is left empty you may get the following reduction in your rates:

  • Standard commercial properties: 50% reduction in rates for the first three months. If the property is still empty after three months you will receive a 10% reduction in rates.
  • Industrial properties: no rates will be payable for the first six months. If the property is still empty after six months you will receive a 10% reduction in rates.

From 1 April 2020 an empty property that subsequently becomes occupied will not be eligible for further empty property reduction unless the period of occupation is for at least 6 months

The person or company entitled to use the property will have to pay the bill. We do not charge empty property rates on certain properties, for example:

  • Listed buildings
  • Properties with a rateable value of less than £1,700

Before we can award any reduction, we may arrange to visit the property

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