HOW CAN I APPEAL AGAINST MY RATING ASSESSMENT?
If you think that your rateable value is wrong, you can apply to the valuation officer to change it.
To do this you will need to make a 'proposal' to alter the rating list. (You can obtain forms to do this from the Valuation Office, Ley Court, Barnett Way, Gloucester. GL4 7RT. Tel: 01452 360200).
If the valuation officer agrees with your proposal, or if you can reach agreement on another figure, the valuation will be changed.
If the matter is still unresolved after three months or if he does not agree to your proposal, the dispute will be passed to the local valuation tribunal as a formal appeal. However, in many cases it may be possible for an agreement to be reached before the tribunal hearing itself, as discussions can continue.
Please note. You still have to pay rates on the rateable value shown in the rating list even if you have appealed against it. Provided you have kept up payments, any overpayment you are found to have made when an appeal is settled will be refunded to you, with interest.