Commercial rates revaluation: Strict 40-day deadline to make representations on proposed valuations
Walk-in clinics will be held in each Local Authority area following the distribution of Proposed Valuation Certificates, to answer ratepayer queries
5 October 2022 | 0
The Valuation Office, the State property valuation agency, on 23 September, began the process of posting Proposed Valuation Certificates to commercial and industrial ratepayers in the Clare, Donegal, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Galway, Kerry, and Mayo County Council and Galway City Council rating authority areas.
The certificates form part of the National Revaluation Programme currently underway for all non-domestic property in Ireland.
Independent retailers’ group RGDATA has advised retailers that the 40-day appeal deadline for these areas has already commenced. “The deadline is strict, and action needs to be taken in DunLaoghaire-Rathdown straight away,” RGDATA said, “in order to ensure that your occupational costs are minimised”.
Where a ratepayer is dissatisfied with his or her proposed valuation or any of the details contained in the Proposed Valuation Certificate, the Valuation Office says they should make a “representation” to the Valuation Office within 40 days of the date of issue of the certificate.
The closing date for making representations is clearly printed on each Proposed Valuation Certificate. If making representations, an occupier must provide clear reasons and supporting evidence to justify any proposed changes, including an alternative valuation where the latter is being contested, the Valuation Office advises. Where a ratepayer accepts that the valuation as set out in the Proposed Valuation Certificate is fair and reasonable, they do not need to respond.
Walk-in clinics will be held in each Local Authority area following the issuing of the Proposed Valuation Certificates. Valuation Office staff will be available to answer ratepayer queries and no appointment will be necessary.
Ratepayers are asked to bring their Proposed Valuation Certificate along with them. These clinics will provide ratepayers with an opportunity to discuss the valuation of their particular property on a one to one basis with a Valuation Office valuer who has been working on the revaluation project. Details of dates and locations for these clinics are available on the Valuation Office website at www.valoff.ie.
Following consideration of all representations made, Final Valuation Certificates will be issued on the 15 September 2023 and new valuation lists will be published on the 22 September 2023. These valuations will then be used by the relevant Local Authority to calculate their respective rates charges for 2024 and subsequent years.
The first Revaluation of commercial and industrial properties has already been completed in Carlow, Cavan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, South Dublin, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow County Councils, as well as the rating authority areas of Dublin City Council and Limerick and Waterford City and County Councils.
The Valuation Office has a dedicated Customer Support team to deal with revaluation queries by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 01 584 6753 from 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).