Guidance

Check and challenge: group pre-challenge review

Information on group pre-challenge reviews, including what they are and when they can be requested.

Group pre-challenge review (GPCR)

A group pre-challenge review (GPCR) is an option offered by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to groups of property occupiers, owners or ratepayers of business and other non-domestic properties. It allows them to challenge the basis of the valuation in respect of local, regional or national schemes of valuation.

A GPCR may be requested by either an appointed agent, owner or occupier of properties that form a group in terms of valuation consideration. All participants must sign up to the terms of the GPCR. The exchange of information and discussions about the valuation basis will take place when all in the group have submitted their checks but before they submit their challenges.

Properties not included in a GPCR may not join an existing group but owners or occupiers of these properties may submit relevant evidence for consideration by the VOA. The outcome of the GPCR may affect the rateable values of all properties that fall within the same category as the properties in the initial group. Any changes to schemes of valuation will be applied to properties outside of the group once the facts of those properties have been established.

Please note that the outcome of a GPCR can cause the rateable values to go up as well as down.

Single point of contact (SPOC)

The GPCR must have an agreed person to serve as the single point of contact (SPOC). This person will coordinate the group, and communicate between the group and the VOA throughout the process.

The SPOC must be either an appointed agent, owner or occupier for one of the properties included in the GPCR.

The SPOC is responsible for submitting the initial GPCR request form, agreeing the terms with the VOA and distributing declaration forms to each participant. Once the terms are set, the SPOC is responsible for accepting the terms on behalf of all properties in the GPCR, and informing all participating properties of their obligations in relation to terms and deadlines.

Submission of check and challenge

The terms of the GPCR sets the timeframe for all properties in the group to submit a signed GPCR declaration form and submit a check on their property in order for the GPCR to be considered by, and discussed with, the VOA. The timeframe will usually be 3 months, though this may be extended if all parties are in agreement.

The information provided in the checks along with the relevant evidence and information submitted by the SPOC or any other parties will be used to decide the outcome of the GPCR. The VOA will notify the SPOC of the outcome.

GPCR outcome

Once the GPCR outcome has been decided by the VOA, the SPOC will be informed. It is then their responsibility to advise, where appropriate, each participant in the GPCR to submit a challenge quoting the GPCR reference number by the set deadline. Properties from the group which fail to submit a challenge, quoting the GPCR reference, within the timeframe may be excluded from future GPCR discussions.

Starting a GPCR

To start a GPCR, the SPOC should complete a GPCR request form (MS Word Document, 155KB) .

Our approach to GPCRs will be subject to review and we will consider customer feedback on how the process is working. If you have any comments, please send to ccagpcr@voa.gsi.gov.uk

Published 30 April 2018
Last updated 10 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. The GPCR request form has been updated.
  2. First published.