This section of our website has resources that may help you prepare for your hearing. You may also find it useful to look at previous Tribunal decisions on appeals similar to yours or to visit websites that we provide links to.

You and the other party (the VOA or the council) should share your evidence with each other as set out in the directions which you receive with the notice of hearing. This is so that there are no surprises on the day of the hearing which may mean that the hearing needs to be postponed to another day.

The Tribunal panel will also expect that the parties have agreed about facts, such as the size of your property, before the hearing. Please try to provide as much evidence as possible to support your case. The VOA’s or council’s evidence can appear fairly formal but we do not expect you to present your evidence in the same way as them.

There are other matters that you should be aware of, set out in the Practice Statement. Please read any sections that are relevant to you and the guidance booklet we send you with the notice of acknowledgement.