Business rates will not be payable in the first three months that a property is empty. This is extended to six months in the case of certain industrial properties.
After this period, rates are payable in full.
If your property is not capable of beneficial occupation – for instance, if it is in poor condition and cannot be economically repaired – the Valuation Office may judge it should be taken out of rating altogether.
The quickest and easiest way to find the rateable value of any non-domestic property in England is on the Valuation Office Agency website.