This page gives links to other sites that offer you information about the business rates system.

Department for Communities and Local Goverment – Business Rates Information Letters

DCLG is responsible for business rates policy-making and publishes Business Rates Information Letters (BRIL’s) which give details of policy announcements.

Go to DCLG

 

Valuation Office Agency – Rating Lists

The VOA is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs and is responsible for setting Rateable Values for all non-domestic properties in England and Wales. The Rating Lists give details of rateable values of more than 1.75 million properties throughout England and Wales.

Go to Rating Lists

 

Scottish Assessors’ Association – Valuation Rolls

In Scotland, Rateable Values are set by the relevant Regional Assessor and published in the Valuation Roll. All the Valuation Rolls are accessible through the Scottish Assessors’ Association web portal. The Roll gives  information about owners and occupiers as well as similar details to those contained in Rating Lists.

Go to Valuation Rolls

 

Northern Ireland – Valuation Lists

Rateable Values in Northern Ireland are set by the Land and Property Services Agency. LPS has just published draft lists of Rateable Values that will come into force on 1 April 2015, through the website of the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland.

Go to Draft Lists

 

Business Rates Calculator

Your Rateable Value is only part of the calculation of your business rates liabilities. This site, which is supported by DCLG and the VOA, helps to show ratepayers what the actual rates liability is likely to be for their property.

Go to Calculator

 

Valuation Office Agency – Rating Manual

The VOA publishes online the manuals that it uses to help value properties for business rate purposes.There is a wealth of helpful material here. But do remember this is the world as the VOA would like you to see it!

Go to Rating Manual

 

Valuation Tribunal for England

The VTE hears appeals in respect of valuation and other disputes relating to business rates. Their website gives details of appeals that are listed for hearing and of past Tribunal decisions. It also gives helpful advice on the procedures at a Tribunal hearing and on the Practice Statements you will need to observe when preparing a case for hearing.

Go to VTE

 

Rating Surveyors’ Association

An Association of Surveyors who specialise in advising about business rates. The site also contains useful news updates and policy announcements.

Go to RSA

 

International Property Tax Institute

A body of property tax experts from around the world. Their website has useful details about property tax systems in different countries. We hope that the UK Government will look at this to see that property taxes do not have to be high!

Go to IPTI