Grounds to appeal
You can appeal on any of the following
- You feel the rateable value is wrong.
- You feel a Valuation Officer’s change to the rateable value is
- You feel your property should be exempt, or part should be
rated as domestic.
- You feel your property should be rated as more than one
- You feel several properties should be rated as one
- A physical change to the property has occurred that has
affected the value, such as if part of it was demolished or
- The value of the property has been affected by a change in the
- You have changed what the property is used for.
If you wish to appeal you should do so as soon
as possible as in some circumstances the date a change takes effect
from is determined by when you made the appeal.
Where your appeal is successful the Valuation
Office will advise us and we will issue a revised bill. You will be
entitled to interest on any amounts overpaid, although not on
amounts that were subject to a Liability Order.
Whilst an appeal is ongoing you still have to
pay your business rates as billed.
Some people employ rating agents to help them
with rateable value appeals. Whilst this is by no means a necessity
it is something that is available. Please be wary though of
disreputable agents. Professional advice is available from a
variety of sources, including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
or the Rating Surveyors
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.
Advice on employing a rating agent is available from the
To appeal you should put your details in
writing to Non Domestic Rates North East, Valuation
Office Agency, Cathedral Court, Second Floor, 1, Vicar Lane,
Sheffield S1 1HD. You can also request an application form
from the Valuation Office in writing, by telephoning 03000 501 501
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will acknowledge your application within 10 working
Alternatively, you can make an appeal