This is a response to a request for information seeking the number of proposals received between 01 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 for domestic properties to be changed to non-domestic, including the number of successful and unsuccessful applications.
To provide this information, the VOA has searched Council Tax data to identify the number of cases processed where the grounds for change specifically refer to deleting a property from the Council Tax list as it has changed from domestic use. This in itself does not provide a record of successful proposals, and so we have also searched our non-domestic rating list, to see if the property has subsequently entered that list (searching new properties added to the NDR rating list between 01 September 2015 and 31 December 2016, to cover properties added shortly after the end of August 2016).
Submitting a proposal to remove a property from the Council Tax list is not the only route of removing a property. This can also be achieved by applying directly for a previously domestic property to be added to the non-domestic rating list. Figures related to properties added to the NDR rating list with the specific grounds of ‘new - previously domestic’ between 01 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 are also provided.
While this can provide a reasonable estimate of the number of cases related to properties changing from domestic to non-domestic, there are also more general grounds for change which similar proposals could fall under. Therefore, the numbers provided may not be representative of all cases related to a property changing from domestic to non-domestic.
Properties were matched between the lists using address details. Address details are not always entered consistently between the rating lists as the two lists are maintained separately, with no formal link between them. As a result, cases between the lists with similar, but not identical, address details were manually checked to identify if they referred to the same property. From this manual matching, there were a number of properties that we cannot confirm whether they appeared on both lists or not, for example because there were strong similarities in the addresses between the lists, but it was not clear if they were exactly the same properties. These numbers are presented in the data tables.
Counts are rounded to the nearest 10.