Welcome to the Valuation Tribunal Service

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Please read this information before you fill in the appeal form

Please contact us if you have any questions or need any help filling in this form.

The Valuation Tribunal is independent and is not connected with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) or the council.

You can appeal against an invalidity notice from the VOA listing officer. That notice will say why they believe your proposal is not valid. If you disagree, you must appeal within four weeks of the date you received their notice.

 How to fill in the appeal form

By law, (regulation 7 of the Council Tax (Alteration of Lists and Appeals) (England) Regulations 2009 as amended), you must give us this information to make an appeal.

We need your name or, if you are making an appeal for someone else, their name.

We need the address and postcode of the property you are appealing about.

We need to know if the person making the appeal lives in or owns the property (or both).

Please tell us if you want us to write to you at a different address from the one you have written down in section 2. Most people put their own case forward and you do not need to use a surveyor or solicitor. But you may want someone else to deal with your appeal, either a professional person, for example a surveyor, or a family member or friend. We need to know the name of anyone dealing with the appeal for you and how to contact you or them. A phone number helps us make contact quickly, in any case.

We would prefer to send you notices and contact you by email. If you are happy with that, please give us your email address. If you would rather we used other ways please tick the ‘By phone/post’ box.

Please tell us why you disagree with the VOA’s notice and what change you want the Tribunal to make. The Tribunal cannot consider the amount of council tax set by the local authority, the services the council provides or whether you are able to pay council tax. Also, unless the Tribunal decides your proposal was validly made, it will not be able to consider the valuation band for the property.

You can send us any documents that support your case. However, we can’t return them to you, so please don’t send important, original documents.

We must have a copy of the notice you are appealing against. We will not be able to accept your appeal without it.

Other information

When we have received your appeal, we will send you a letter telling you what happens next. We will also send you a guidance booklet, or you can look at this on our website, www.valuationtribunal.gov.uk. The website sections ‘Preparing for the hearing’ and ‘About the hearing’ may help you. You can also see a list of the hearing venues we use.

Your local council will be able to answer any questions you have about council tax bills or payments. You must still pay your council tax bill, even if you are making an appeal to the Tribunal.

Data Protection

By law (regulation 24 of the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) Regulations 2009) we have to send a copy of your appeal form to the VOA listing officer.

We will only use the information you give us in connection with your appeal, as the data protection laws allow. The VTS has to use your data to carry out its official duties. We keep the information until four months after the appeal is closed and we have to keep a record of the decision for six years.

As a user of our service, you could give us valuable feedback. We may wish to use your contact details to seek anonymous, statistical feedback to improve the service we provide. As it is in the public interest that we carry out our duties as well as we can, we can use an independent research company, bound by contract and professional conduct standards to handle personal data securely. You may of course refuse to take part in the survey if you are contacted.

You can read more about how we handle your personal data and your rights in our Privacy Notice, which is on our website, at https://www.valuationtribunal.gov.uk/privacy/ or you can ask us for a copy.

 Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted by email: dpo@valuationtribunal.gov.uk, or by writing to:

Data Protection Officer
2nd Floor, 120 Leman Street
London E1 8EU