These certificates are needed because of transitional relief, a scheme that tries to reduce the effect of any large changes in rateable value between rating lists. It works by comparing the rateable value of a property in the current list with the rateable value in the previous list.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) issues a certificate if there have been changes to the property since the rating list began, or if the rules say that certain changes should be ignored. You may make an appeal if you disagree with what the certificate says.

You cannot appeal direct to us.  You must contact the VOA within 6 months of the date of the certificate.  If your dispute is not resolved or has not even been discussed within 4 weeks, then by law the VOA must send the appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.

The Tribunal is independent of the VOA and the local council that collects the rates.

We aim to list transitional certificate appeals to a hearing date that is within 6 months of us receiving the appeal.