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Rateable value

The rateable value is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, which is an agency of HM Revenue and Customs

A property's rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for if it were available to let on the open market at a fixed valuation date:

  • until 31 March 2017, the rateable values will be based on a valuation date of 1 April 2008
  • from 1 April 2017, the rateable values will be based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015

Roles and responsibilities

The Valuation Office Agency sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information. We use the rateable value and the business rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your business rates bill.


The Valuation Office Agency regularly reassesses and updates the rateable values of all business properties usually every five years. This is called a Revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in business rates, reflecting changes in the property market. Revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall.

Further information

Further information about rateable value can be found on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website).

If you think your rateable value is incorrect, you can find and view your property details on the business rates page of the Gov.UK website.

For more information on the 2017 Revaluation, rateable values and business rates visit the revaluation page on the Gov.UK website, where you can also estimate your business rates bill, including any small business rate relief the local council may apply.

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