The Valuation Tribunal is the independent body that considers appeals against rating assessments amongst its other duties. It is an informal tribunal where both the ratepayer and the Valuation Office present their case when they have been unable to agree on the outcome of an appeal.
Since the 1 April 2017 there have been time limits applied and a requirement to discuss and exchange each parties arguments prior to the hearing.
At the hearing the panel will listen to the argument forwarded by each side and a decision is provided within 28 days of the date of hearing.
If either party is dissatisfied with the outcome the decision can be appealed to the Upper Tribunal but costs can be incurred.
There are no costs involved at the lower tribunal.