Business rates

Business rates appeals

Non-domestic properties have a rateable value, set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

The valuation officer maintains the list and can alter the value if they believe the circumstances of the property have changed.

You can appeal against the value if you think it is wrong. Appeals are free of charge.  

Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill. Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge. However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct.

Before you employ a rating adviser, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract.