The central rating list

The central rating lists contain the rating assessments of the network property of major transport, utility and telecommunications undertakings and cross-country pipelines.

There is a single entry in the rating list for each company named in The Central Rating List Regulations 2005. There are separate Regulations and lists for England and Wales.

There is a single aggregate rateable value shown for all the property occupied by the named ratepayer that falls within their definition in the Regulations. Any property occupied by a central list ratepayer that falls outside the definition will be shown individually in a local rating list.

Rates on central rating list hereditaments in England are paid direct to the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and in Wales to the Welsh Government. The lists show the rateable values currently in force for each ratepayer.

You can contact the National Valuation Unit for central rating list enquiries.

Check or challenge a 2017 central rating list entry


The Central Rating List contains things like:

  • electricity, gas, and water supply networks
  • cross country pipelines
  • railways
  • telecommunications networks

In order to check or challenge a 2017 central rating list entry you will first need to register.

Most other properties are in local rating lists. There is a different process in England for checking or challenging these properties.

Find out more about the service.


For central rating list entries within Wales, you should submit a proposal to the Central Valuation Officer using the 2017 proposal form for Wales.

Download the 2017 proposal form for Wales (PDF)

Once completed, you can email the form to the National Valuation Unit.

Alternatively you can post the completed form to:

2 Broadway Broad Street Birmingham B15 1BG.

Checks, challenges or proposals on rating assessments in the local lists will not be accepted by this method. For local lists, you should use our online service. Business rates appeals are handled differently in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


  1. The central rating list - 2017
  2. The central rating list - 2010
  3. The central rating list - 2005
Published 21 September 2016
Last updated 4 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Clarity on which properties are in the Central Rating List and a link to more information for properties in the local rating lists.
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