A number of things determine what your annual rates bill will be for your property.
Each year the Scottish Government announces what the rates poundage will be. This figure is then multiplied by the rateable value and that produces the amount of rates payable for the year, less any applicable reductions or plus additional charges. For 2013/14 it will be 46.2p in the pound.
The Non-Domestic Rates Team is responsible for billing and collection only. It is not involved in valuation matters - that is the responsibility of the Lanarkshire Valuation Joint Board.
Each new ratepayer has the right to appeal against the rateable value or against the way the property is described in the valuation roll. This must be lodged with the Lanarkshire Valuation Joint Board within six months of you taking a legal interest in the property. If you lodge an appeal, you must pay your rates in the normal way while an appeal is underway. If your appeal is successful your rates will be recalculated and any overpayment will be refunded as quickly as possible, with interest where appropriate.
You can check the rateable value of non-domestic subjects in Scotland by visiting the Scottish Assessors Association website. For information on appealing, contact the Lanarkshire Valuation Joint Board.