All rateable values are reassessed at a general revaluation. The 2017 revaluation takes effect from 1st April 2017. Revaluations make sure each ratepayer pays their fair contribution and no more, by ensuring that the share of the national rates bill paid by any one ratepayer reflects changes over time in the value of their property relative to others. Revaluation does not raise extra money for Government.
Whilst the 2017 revaluation will not increase the amount of rates collected nationally, within this overall picture, over 7 out of 10 ratepayers will receive a reduction or no change in their bill and some ratepayers will see increases. For those that would otherwise see significant increases in their rates liability, the Government has put in place a £3.6 billion transitional relief scheme to limit and phase in changes in rate bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation. To help pay for the limits on increases in bills, there also have to be limits on reductions in bills. Under the transitional scheme, limits continue to apply to yearly increases and decreases until the full amount is due (rateable value times the appropriate multiplier).
The scheme applies only to the bill based on a property at the time of the revaluation. If there are any changes to the property after 1st April 2017, transitional arrangements will not normally apply to the part of a bill that relates to any increase in rateable value due to those changes. Changes to your bill as a result of other reasons (such as changes to the amount of small business rate relief) are not covered by the transitional arrangements.
The transitional arrangements are applied automatically and are shown on the front of your bill. Further information about transitional arrangements and other reliefs may be obtained from [insert name of billing authority] or the www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates.
More information on the 2017 revaluation can be found at www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates/revaluation
Revaluation enquiries should be directed to the VOA, not the Council. Their contact details can be found here.
With effect from 01/04/20107 there will be a new appeals procedure should you disagree with your properties new 2017 valuation. These must be lodged direct with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and not the Council on or after 01 April 2017.
There will be 3 stages as follows:
- Check – Ensure relevant facts surrounding the revaluation are validated by the ratepayer and agreed as far as possible. If the VOA has made an obvious error, they will correct the entry in the Rating List immediately. If matters not resolved within 12 months’ then ratepayer has right to move to stage 2.
- Challenge – Equates to current proposal stage and the ratepayer has an opportunity to submit up-to-date information. That must be submitted within 4 months of the completion of Stage 1 above. If the matter remains unresolved after 18 months, the ratepayer has a right to move to stage 3.
- Appeal – Ratepayer can lodge an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal within 4 months of completion of Stage 2 above. No new evidence can be submitted at this stage.
Fees will be charged for the submission of Appeals. The fee amount being dependant on the size of the Rateable Value.