Completion Notices

Recruited from local authorities our team are expertly positioned to provide you with advice on dealing with Completion Notices as issued by Billing Authorities and avoiding premature rate liability.

A completion notice specifies the date a newly built property is ready to be occupied and can be assessed for rates. While local authorities are often required to determine a completion date in advance (within three months of all work expected to be finished), they are increasingly generating rate liability prematurely. This is a technical area of business rates process and procedure – with strict deadlines for appeal - and has been the subject of much case-law. Having expert advice to consider the implications of Completion Notices served and where necessary challenge them within the periods permitted is vital.

We understand that property development plans can change and that a liability applied to a property ahead of completion or even occupation can create a significant financial risk. We are here to help you challenge erroneously served Completion Notices, negotiate with billing Authorities and, if necessary challenge such notices via appeal. Our aim is to keep a building out of the Rating List until such time as the property is truly complete.

Whether you are looking for support to appeal a decision or would just like some advice regarding completion notices, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your situation.