Rateable value and transitional arrangements
Apart from properties that are exempt from business rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value which is set by the valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. They draw up and maintain a full list of all rateable values,
The rateable value of your property is shown on the front of your bill. This broadly represents the yearly rent the property could have been let for on the open market on a particular date. For the revaluation that came into effect on 1 April 2017, this date was set as 1 April 2015.
The valuation officer may alter the value if circumstances change. The ratepayer (and certain others who have an interest in the property) can appeal against the value shown in the list if they believe it is wrong. Full details on your rights of appeal are available from the Valuation Office Agency. The Council can only backdate any business rates rebate to the date from which any change to the list is to have effect.
The Valuation Office Agency will continue to fulfil their legal obligations to alter rating assessments if new information comes to light indicating the valuation is inaccurate.
Further information about the grounds on which appeals may be made and the process for doing so can be found at www.gov.uk or obtained from your local valuation office.
Revaluation 2017 and Transitional Arrangements
All rateable values are reassessed at a general revaluation. The 2017 revaluation takes effect from 1 April 2017. Revaluations make sure each ratepayer pats 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. Revaluations do not raise extra money for Government.
The 2017 revaluation will not increase the amount of rates collected nationally. But within this overall picture seven out of ten ratepayers will receive a reduction or no change in their bill. 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 resulting from the 2017 revaluation. To help pay for the limits on increases in bills, there also have to 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 1 April 2017, transitional arrangements will not normally apply to the part of the 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.
Transitional arrangements are applied automatically and shown on the front of your bill.
You can view a table of the transitional rates by downloading the transitional rates explanation notes.
Contact the Council for further information about transitional arrangements and other reliefs. Find more information about transitional relief and 2017 Revaluation at, www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates