Business rate exempt properties

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.