Business rate appeals

1. About business rate appeals

We do not set the rateable values for properties within Stockport.

The Valuation Office Agency will review the rateable value that it previously set once every 3 years. This is to make sure that the rateable values reflect the changes that have taken place in the property market since the previous revaluation.

The current rateable values set by the Valuation Office Agency came into effect from 1 April 2023. The next full revaluation is to be carried out and will take effect from 1 April 2026. We use the rateable value to work out how much business rates you should pay for a particular period.

Visit the Valuation Office Agency website for more information about how to make an appeal.

You can appeal against your business rates valuation if you think any of the following applies to your business:

  • the rateable value shown in the rating list, either following a revaluation or when the property is first valued, is wrong
  • there's been a material change of circumstances which has affected the value of your property
  • there's been a physical change to the building. For example, if part of the building is demolished or destroyed
  • there's been a physical change in the local area. For example, major roadworks
  • there's been a change in the use of the building
  • there's been a change in the use of a neighbouring property
  • a valuation officer's change in value is wrong
  • a decision by a valuation tribunal (VT), lands tribunal, or higher court has affected your own valuation
  • your property should be exempt, or part of it should be considered as a domestic property
  • your property should be considered for rating as more than one property or several properties should be considered as one property
  • there's another sort of error in the list entry. For example, the address is wrong or the date of an alteration is wrong