The rateable value of your business premises is set by the Valuation Office Agency.
The valuation officer may alter the value if the circumstances of the property have changed.
If you are unhappy with your business rates you can make an appeal to try to change this.
Please be aware even if you appeal you must continue to pay your rates until the result of your appeal is determined. If you do not pay, as billed, recovery action may be taken even though an appeal is outstanding.
If your appeal is successful and you have paid too much, you can claim a refund, this is providing we have not obtained a liability order at court to recover unpaid business rates.
The rateable value of a property is assessed by the The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)and draws up and maintains a full list of all rateable values.
You can find the rateable value of a property which includes details of how the rateable value was calculated for most properties.
We have no involvement in the valuation process but are required, by law, to charge you the value shown in the rating list.
The rateable value is usually an assessment of the annual rent of the property, if it were available to rent on the open market at a fixed valuation date.
You do not have to be represented in discussions about your rateable value or your rates bill.
Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge, however, if you wish to be represented 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 advisor, please check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract, as you may become liable for charges or costs.