The Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and RatingAppeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Cited as:SI 2017/156
Jurisdiction:England & Wales

2017No. 156

COUNCIL TAX, ENGLAND

RATING AND VALUATION, ENGLAND

The Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and RatingAppeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Made16thMarch2017

Laid before Parliament17thMarch2017

Coming into force1stApril2017

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 55(2) to (6) and 143(1) and (2) of, and paragraphs A19, 8 and 16 of Schedule 11 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988( 1), makes the following Regulations.

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

(2) These Regulations come into force on 1st April 2017.

Application

2. The amendments made by these Regulations apply only in relation to—

(a) a local non-domestic rating list( 2) compiled on or after 1st April 2017; and

(b) a central non-domestic rating list( 3) compiled on or after 1st April 2017.

Interpretation

3. In these Regulations “the 2009 Procedure Regulations” means the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) Regulations 2009( 4).

Amendment of regulation 2

4. In regulation 2 (interpretation: general) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations—

(a) in paragraph (1)—

(i) in the definition of “appeal”, for paragraph (c) substitute—

“(c) regulation 13A of the NDR Regulations;”; and

(ii) after the definition of “local list” insert—

““NDR appeal” means an appeal under regulation 13A of the NDR Regulations;”;

(b) in paragraph (3)(d)(i)—

(i) for “regulation 8, 13” substitute “regulation 13A”; and

(ii) for “VO” substitute “VTE”; and

(c) after paragraph (3) insert—

“(4) A reference in these Regulations to a matter included in the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal( 5) does not include any particulars of the grounds of the proposal with which the VO agreed( 6).

(5) In paragraph (4), “particulars of the grounds of the proposal” has the meaning given in the NDR Regulations.”.

Amendment of regulation 5

5. In regulation 5 (arrangements for appeals) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations—

(a) for paragraph (2) substitute—

“(2) The VTE shall not deal with an appeal under regulation 10 of the CT Regulations or a NDR appeal until any appeal under regulation 7 of the CT Regulations in respect of the same proposal has been decided.”;

(b) in paragraph (3) for “referred under regulation 13” substitute “made under regulation 13A”.

Amendment of regulation 6

6. In regulation 6 (appeal management powers) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations—

(a) in paragraph (3)(c), before “permit” insert “subject to paragraph (4),”;

(b) in paragraph (3)(d), before “permit” insert “subject to regulations 17, 17A and 18A,”;

(c) after paragraph (3) insert—

“(4) The VTE may permit or require a party to a NDR appeal to amend a document under paragraph (3)(c) only if the amendment is in order to correct an inaccuracy in the document.”.

Amendment of regulation 7

7. In regulation 7 (lead appeals) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations, in paragraph (1)(a)(ii) for “regulation 13” substitute “regulation 13A”.

Amendment of regulation 17

8. In regulation 17 (evidence and submissions) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations—

(a) in paragraph (1), for “The VTE” substitute “Subject to paragraph (1A), the VTE”;

(b) after paragraph (1) insert—

“(1A) The VTE may only direct a party to a NDR appeal to provide evidence or submissions that relate to a matter included in—

(a) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal; or

(b) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.”;

(c) in paragraph (2), for “The VTE” substitute “Subject to regulation 17A, the VTE”;

(d) in paragraph (4), at the end insert—

“(c) for a NDR appeal, the information relates to a matter included in—

(i) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal; or

(ii) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.”; and

(e) after paragraph (6) insert—

“(6A) On a NDR appeal, the VTE may only admit as evidence documents produced or submitted under paragraph (6)(b) that relate to a matter included in—

(a) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal; or

(b) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.”.

Insertion of regulation 17A

9. After regulation 17 of the 2009 Procedure Regulations insert—

“Admission of new evidence on NDR appeal

17A.—(1) On a NDR appeal, the VTE may only admit evidence that was not included in the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal (“new evidence”) if—

(a) that evidence—

(i) is provided by a party to the appeal;

(ii) relates to the ground on which the proposal was made; and

(iii) was not known to the party and could not reasonably have been acquired by the party before the proposal was determined under Part 2 of the NDR Regulations( 7); or

(b) all the parties to the appeal agree in writing to the party providing the new evidence.

(2) If the VTE admits new evidence under paragraph (1), the VTE may admit further evidence provided by another party to the appeal if the further evidence specifically relates to—

(a) the new evidence; and

(b) the ground on which the proposal was made.

(3) A party which provides evidence under paragraph (1) or (2) must also provide that evidence to all the other parties to the appeal.”.

Amendment of regulation 18

10. In regulation 18 (summoning of witnesses, and orders to answer questions or produce documents) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations, before paragraph (1) insert—

“(A1) In relation to a NDR appeal, this regulation applies subject to regulation 18A.”.

Insertion of regulation 18A

11. After regulation 18 of the 2009 Procedure Regulations insert—

“Summoning of witnesses, and orders to answer questions or produce documents on NDR appeal

18A.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to a NDR appeal.

(2) The VTE may only issue a summons under regulation 18(1)(a) requiring a person to attend a hearing as a witness in relation to matters included in—

(a) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal;

(b) evidence or submissions provided in accordance with a direction under regulation 17(1);

(c) information to which regulation 17(4) applies which is used in the proceedings by the VO;

(d) evidence admitted under regulation 17(6A); or

(e) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.

(3) The VTE may only order a person under regulation 18(1)(b) to answer questions in relation to matters included in—

(a) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal;

(b) evidence or submissions provided in accordance with a direction under regulation 17(1);

(c) information to which regulation 17(4) applies which is used in the proceedings by the VO;

(d) evidence admitted under regulation 17(6A); or

(e) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.

(4) The VTE may only order a person under regulation 18(1)(b) to produce documents that relate to matters included in—

(a) the notice of appeal or any document accompanying the notice of appeal;

(b) evidence or submissions provided in accordance with a direction under regulation 17(1);

(c) information to which regulation 17(4) applies which is used in the proceedings by the VO;

(d) evidence admitted under regulation 17(6A); or

(e) new or further evidence admitted under regulation 17A.”.

Amendment of regulation 19A

12. In regulation 19A (withdrawals and deemed withdrawals for non-domestic rating appeals) of the 2009 Procedure Regulations( 8)

(a) in paragraph (2)(a)(ii) for “VO” substitute “appellant”;

(b) for paragraph (3) substitute—

“(3) The VTE must notify each party in writing of a withdrawal under paragraph (2).”.

(c) in paragraph (5) after “any” insert “other”;

(d) for paragraph (6)(a) substitute—

“(a) the date on which the VTE notifies each party under paragraph (3) of the withdrawal of the appeal; or”;

(e) in paragraph (7) for “regulation 13 of the NDR Regulations (disagreement as to proposed alteration)” substitute “regulation 13A of the NDR Regulations (making an appeal to the VTE)”; and

(f) omit paragraphs (9) and (10).

Amendment of regulation 33

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