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Business rate appeals

2. When to appeal

You can now appeal against the rateable value set for your business at any time during the five year life of the rating list. The current list that came into effect on 1st April 2010 is valid until March 2017.

Any change to your rateable value will be backdated to the date that the list was compiled or to the date of any alteration to the list.

You will have time to consider your proposal and find the appropriate information before submitting your proposal without losing any rights to have a changed valuation backdated.

You will have one opportunity to submit a proposal against an entry on the rating list or to submit one proposal against an alteration that has been made to the rating list.

There are situations where we would recommend that you make a prompt appeal. For example you may wish to appeal following a material change of circumstances.

In such cases the submitting of a prompt appeal is important because the valuation will be based on the facts as they stand on the day that you make your appeal. So, for example, if you appeal because you have been affected by disruption caused by local building work, but you only appeal after the work is finished, it is very unlikely that the rateable value of your property can be reduced.

Rateable Values from 1st April 2017 - Check, Challenge, Appeal

You can find and review your rateable value on the GOV.UK website. If you have reason to believe that your 2017 rateable value is not correct, follow the instructions provided on the website.

You will need to do the following (not available until 1st April 2017):

  • Check - review and confirm the facts about your property held by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). For more information visit the GOV.UK website.
  • Challenge – once the facts are established, explain why you believe your valuation is wrong.

An appeal on your 2017 rateable value is not possible, and may not be necessary, until you have completed check and challenge.