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Coronavirus: Advice for Businesses

For details on the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant please see our business rates relief page. Please see the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund page for more information on that scheme.

For an overview of what support and grants are available to business, including details of business rate reliefs, please see our  Coronavirus advice page.

The Council has issued more information on those businesses which must close and guidance for those who need to make planning alterations or have licensing queries.

Coronavirus support and advice

Certain types of property are exempt from the payment of business rates. This means that no business rates are charged for them. Exempt properties include:

  • agricultural land and buildings;
  • fish farms;
  • churches and other places of worship;
  • sewers;
  • public parks;
  • certain property used for disabled people;
  • swinging moorings for boats
  • empty properties

These types of property are not usually included in the non-domestic rating list. However, if you have been charged for a property which falls into one of the above categories, you should make an appeal to the valuation officer for its removal from the list. The address of the valuation officer for this area is:

Blackburn House
Old Hall Street
Hanley
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST1 3BS

Telephone: 03000 505700 or 03000 501501

More information about how to make an appeal can be found on the valuation office agency website.