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Christmas and New Year in Sedgemoor

Sedgemoor District Council will remain open for business as usual during the holiday period on all days except bank holidays.

Revised rubbish and recycling collection days are available here: Christmas & New Year Waste Collections


Empty property rates

If a property becomes completely empty of all goods you may be entitled to empty property relief.

Since 1st April 2008 the full rate charge will be payable in respect of unoccupied properties. Initially there will be a 3 months 100% exemption, and 6 months for certain industrial properties. After this period, rates will be payable at the full rate unless the unoccupied property falls into one of the exemption categories. Since 1st April 2008 companies in administration, charities and community amateur sports clubs will be exempt from the unoccupied property rate charge, providing they meet certain criteria.

Since 1st April 2017 changes were made that will affect exemptions from empty property rates.

Other 100% exemptions include:

  • A property with a rateable value of less than £2,600 from 1st April 2011, updated to properties with a rateable value of less than £2,900 from 1st April 2017 
  • A listed building
  • Occupation prohibited by law
  • Where the owner is entitled to possession only in their capacity as the personal representative of a deceased person
  • Where the owner has been made bankrupt or is a company subject to a winding up order
  • Where the owner is entitled to possession in his capacity as a trustee under a deed of arrangement or as a liquidator

Full details can be obtained from the local authority, so please contact the Taxation Team immediately if you think you may qualify.

All empty properties are inspected regularly and in order for the exemptions to continue the property must not be used for any beneficial use including storage. The only exception being fixtures and fittings in connection with the next intended use of the building.

Partly occupied properties

The Council has discretion to grant empty property exemptions to properties where part is unoccupied for a short time. Further information regarding this exemption can be obtained from the Taxation Team.

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