Business Rates & Appeals

Mastering Business Rates

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Navigating business rates can be a complex and daunting task. At Allied Surveyors Scotland, we understand the challenges that property owners face when dealing with business rates, and we’re here to provide expert guidance and support.


Gregor Hinks
BSc MRICS | RICS Registered Valuer

Understanding Business Rates

Business rates are a tax on non-domestic properties, including shops, offices, warehouses, and factories. They are a significant expense for property owners and can significantly impact a business’s profitability. Understanding how business rates are calculated and assessed is essential for ensuring compliance and minimizing costs.

The Impact of Material Change in Circumstances

A material change in circumstance, such as changes to the property or surrounding area, can affect the rateable value of a property and, consequently, its business rates liability. These changes may include alterations to the property, changes in market conditions, or developments in the surrounding area. It’s crucial for property owners to stay informed about any material changes that may impact their business rates liability.

Expert Advice from Allied Surveyors Scotland

At Allied Surveyors Scotland, we have experienced and reliable professionals who specialise in business rates assessment and appeals. Our team can advise you on navigating this often complex field and help you understand your rights and obligations as a property owner.

If you believe that your business rates assessment is unjust or if you have experienced material changes in circumstances that may affect your liability, it’s essential to take action. While business rates assessments are typically effective for the next three years, challenging unjust assessments can lead to reductions in your liability and significant cost savings.

How Allied Surveyors Scotland Can Help

If you believe you have reasons for appeal or if you need assistance with understanding your business rates assessment, Allied Surveyors Scotland is here to help. Our team of professionals can guide you through the appeals process, provide expert advice on navigating material changes in circumstances, and help you achieve the best possible outcome for your business.

To learn more about how Allied Surveyors Scotland can assist you with your business rates concerns, please contact us at We’re here to support you every step of the way and ensure that your business rates liabilities are fair and equitable.

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