Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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There are a number of disruptions to Council services because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the link below before accessing any of our services.

For details of disruptions and for advice and guidance visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus

Business Rates

The government has announced a set of measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. Information on those measures can found at the gov.uk website

 

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

There will be a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Bills have been reissued to businesses that meet the new criteria for retail, hospitality and leisure. 

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

 

How to access the scheme

There is no need for you to contact Stockton Council.  We have identified the businesses that meet the criteria for retail, hospitality and leisure and have re-issued the business rate bills showing there is nothing to pay for the 2020/2021 financial year. 

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

The government has introduced a new 100% discount for nurseries for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Eligibility

Guidance suggests properties that will benefit from the relief will be hereditaments:

  • occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register
  • wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

In a similar way to other reliefs (such as charity relief), this is a test on use rather than occupation. Therefore, hereditaments which are occupied but not wholly or mainly used for the qualifying purpose will not qualify for the relief. For the avoidance of doubt, hereditaments which have closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID19 should be treated as occupied for the purposes of this relief.

How to access the scheme

There is no need for you to contact Stockton Council. We have identified the businesses that meet the criteria for nursery discount and have re-issued the business rate bills showing there is nothing to pay for the 2020/2021 financial year.  

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