The Valuation Office, the State property valuation agency, today commenced the process of posting approximately 2,400 Proposed Valuation Certificates to commercial and industrial ratepayers in the Offaly rating authority area.
The proposed valuation of each rateable property in Offaly has been arrived at by reference to relevant local market information and trading data at the specified valuation date of October 30, 2015, collected and analysed by the Valuation Office.
This is an important milestone in the revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland which is currently underway through a programme known as the National Revaluation Programme.
Provision for a revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland was made under the Valuation Act of 2001 as amended by the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015. Neither residential property nor agricultural lands are rateable and consequently will not be affected by the revaluation.
The Proposed Valuation Certificates posted to Offaly ratepayers will state the valuation that the Valuation Office proposes entering for each property when the new Offaly valuation list is published on September 15, 2017.
The valuations will be used to calculate the rates charged by Offaly County council in 2018 and subsequent years. It is important to note that the proposed valuation entered on the Proposed Valuation Certificate is not a bill for rates but is a statement of the proposed valuation on which rates will be paid from January 1, 2018.
If a ratepayer accepts that the valuation set out in the Proposed Valuation Certificate is correct, they do not need to respond to the Valuation Office. If a ratepayer is dissatisfied with his or her proposed valuation or any of the details contained in the Proposed Valuation Certificate he or she should make “representations” to the Valuation Office within 40 days of the date of issue of the said Certificate.
The closing date for making representations for Offaly ratepayers will be April 11, 2017. If making representations, an occupier must provide clear reasons and supporting evidence to justify any proposed changes, including an alternative valuation.
The Valuation Office will have a number of ‘Walk-In Clinics’ across Offaly on the following dates;
Wednesday & Thursday March 15 & 16: 9.30am – 4.30pm: Tullamore: Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore,
Wednesday & Thursday March 15 & 16: 9.30am – 4.30pm: Birr: Offaly County Council, Birr Municipal District Office, Wilmer Road, Birr, Co Offaly
Tuesday & Wednesday March 21 & 22: 9.30am – 4.30pm: Edenderry: Offaly County Council, Edenderry Municipal District Office, Town Hall, O’Connell Square, Edenderry,
These clinics will provide ratepayers with an opportunity to discuss their valuation on a one to one basis with Valuation Office valuers who have been working on the Offaly revaluation project.
When all the representations made by ratepayers have been considered, the Valuation Office will issue Final Valuation Certificates in early September 2017 and publish a new valuation list for Offaly County council on September 15.
These final valuations will then be used by the Offaly County Council to calculate their respective rates charges for the 2018 rates year and subsequent years. The valuation is a key element in establishing the rates liability but is not the amount of rates actually payable. While the Valuation Office determines the valuation, each local authority determines levies and collects the actual rates payable.
Ratepayers who are dissatisfied with their final valuation will have the right to appeal their valuation to the Valuation Tribunal, an independent body set up for that purpose.
The Valuation Office website, www.valoff.ie, sets out detailed information about the revaluation and the representations process. The Office also has a dedicated Customer Support team to deal with revaluation queries by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at Lo-Call 1890 531 431 or 01 8171033 between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. The telephone helpline will be available from 9:30 am on Friday, March 3.