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Rating Valuation Appeals

The Rates (NI) Order 1977 (1977 No. 2157 (NI 28)) makes provision for rating valuations to be appealed to the Tribunal from the Commissioner of Valuation or the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal.

Some Appeals from the Commissioner of Valuation should be made to the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal not the Lands Tribunal.

If you wish to appeal a decision of the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal you must first apply to the President of that Tribunal for leave to appeal.

NOTE also that some appeals may require reference to other legislation. The updated Statutes of Northern Ireland are available at the UK Statute Law Database.

See also the Rates (Capital Values, etc) (NI) Order 2006 and the Rates (Amendment) (NI) Order 2006.

The first step is to complete a Rating Application or Appeal Form (Form AB, AC or AD), as appropriate, and send it to the Registrar together with the appropriate fee (see the Rules).

The case will then be listed for Mention before the Tribunal. This is an informal meeting to identify the issues. Once those are clear the Tribunal will make detailed directions for the preparation and Hearing of the case.

Usually sometime after the hearing, the Tribunal will give its decision with reasons in writing. An index of previous decisions is set out in the Table of Cases together with links to downloadable copies.

Table of Cases includes all private dwelling rating valuation cases including those decided before 1990. These may be of some assistance but should be treated with some caution as they are based on rental values rather than capital values.