Water charges for vacant properties

Last updated: 11 July 2017

Water, sewerage and drainage charges are payable by the occupiers of non-domestic properties which are connected to public water networks.

Until now non-domestic properties that were vacant didn't need to pay the charges.

Changes

Water, sewerage and drainage charges will become payable for vacant non-domestic properties. The owner of the property will need to pay these.

This came into effect on 1 April 2017.

All properties connected to public water mains/sewers must pay the charges. This includes condemned and listed buildings.

Water and sewerage charges

The charges are calculated in the same way as they are for occupied properties.

The charges include:

  • water
  • waste water
  • roads drainage
  • surface drainage

The payment terms are agreed between the owner (customer) and their Licensed Provider.

If you don't have a Licensed Provider

If you own or occupy a non-domestic premises and don't have a Licensed Provider you should register with one. Details of Licensed Providers can be found at Scotland on Tap.

Households don't need a Licensed Provider. Water and Sewerage charges are collected by local councils via Council Tax.

If you don't pay

If your property is connected to public water mains and/or sewerage you need to pay for services even if you don't use them. This is because Scottish Water has to maintain the pipes and sewers so that you can:

  • turn on the taps when you need to
  • take away the waste water, including the rain that drains from your roof and paved areas

Licensed Providers will go after any money owed.

Disconnecting your supply

If you don't want to pay, you can get your property disconnected from water and waste water services. Your Licensed Provider can tell you about the cost and process for this.

Disconnecting your supply is permanent and is usually only done for properties which are being demolished.

Reconnecting a supply

If a water supply is needed in the future the owner of the property will need to pay to connect to Scottish Water's mains and sewers.