Guidance

Services provided by the District Valuer Service

DVS provides property services for the public sector including: planning and property consultancy and energy and sustainability consultancy.

The District Valuer Service (DVS) provides a range of property services for the public sector:

  • strategic asset management
  • planning and property consultancy
  • machinery and business asset advice and valuation
  • energy and sustainability consultancy

Strategic asset management

The DVS helps organisations to understand and make the most of their assets by:

  • explaining legislation
  • preparing asset management plans and support
  • helping with budgeting
  • reviewing property assets and features to help identify cost savings
  • providing skilled temporary staff
  • working with senior managers to help them understand the importance of cost buildings and of asset management

Planning and property consultancy

The DVS provides planning advice to public sector organisations who are providing local amenities or affordable housing.

They provide advice at the Local Development Framework stage. They can also help with any disputed planning applications that relate to affordable housing, ‘Committed sum payments’ and ‘S106 contributions’.

The DVS helps local authorities with planning appeals and public inquiries.

The DVS provides property experts, including:

  • development consultants
  • quantity surveyors
  • building surveyors
  • contamination experts

Machinery and asset advice and valuations

The DVS advises on, and values an organisation’s fixed assets such as plant and machinery.

They can create and maintain asset registers to help managers and auditors understand asset values.

When an organisation is dealing with compulsory purchase issues, the DVS can provide valuations for plant and machinery assets.

Energy and sustainability services

Public sector property organisations must comply with European legislation (European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Carbon Reduction Commitment, Sustainable Buildings Certification (New Build & Existing) and Corporate Social Reporting).

The DVS advises on how an organisation can reduce energy use, improve sustainability and comply with legislation. They can provide advice and support on:

Published 22 July 2016