Business Rates – Rental Information
If you've received a form entitled ‘Request for information’, and want to complete it online, or require another copy, the information below will help.
On the front page of the form, in the bottom left corner, you will find a four digit number, with a 'VO' prefix.
If you have a VO 6003, you can complete it online at Business Link.
If your form has a different number, you cannot currently complete it online, but you can download an additional copy as a pdf. A list of the all ‘Request for Information’ forms, including an indication of the type of business property can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you are not sure which form applies to you, or you need any other help with completing a form, please contact your local office for more information.
The information you provide is used to ensure that assessment of rateable values is correct. Local authorities use rateable values to calculate business rate bills.
What happens if I don't return the form?
If you fail to return the form, properly completed, within the 56 day period you will be liable to a penalty, starting at £100 and increasing as more time elapses. View more information on Civi Penalty here...
Do you own or occupy a number of properties?
The VOA’s Rating Contact Scheme is tailor-made for owners or occupiers of multiple sites. It's designed specifically to make it easier for you to submit property details and rental information to us, by aiming to remove the need for completion of multiple forms. Many companies are already saving time and money by supplying information in this manner.
If you own or occupy a large number of properties and would like to take advantage of the benefits of the Rating Contact scheme, please contact Ian Jones or Luisa Rossi in our Central Data Team. We also have a flyer that offers additional information about the Rating Contact scheme.
Check below to see if you can download a copy of the original paper form we sent you.
Rent Return Form
The most commonly used form, requesting rental and lease information.
You can complete this form online at Business Link.
Rent Review Form
The questions on this form will be individually created to refer specifically to the information we already hold on a property, so you can not download a copy. Please contact your local office for this form.
This form is used to seek further information or clarification following receipt of another form, asking individual and specific questions, so you can not download a copy. Please contact your local office for this form.
Generally for properties with a licensed trade, mainly pubs.
Public Houses, Licensed Restaurants & Wine Bars (receipts only)
Generally for properties with a licensed trade, requesting information relating to receipts.
Public Houses, Licensed Restaurants & Wine Bars
Generally for properties with a licensed trade, requesting information relating to concessions.
Predominantly used for 4 & 5 star, and major chain operated hotels, requesting information relating to accounts.
Hotels and Guest Houses
Requests information relating to receipts. A factsheet explaining how guest houses are rated is available.
Petrol Filling Stations – Occupier
This form requests rental and trade information.
Petrol Filling Stations – Trade
A request for trade information, this form is mainly targeted towards multiple operators who have already supplied rental details.
Petrol Filling Stations – Oil Company
Addressed directly to the oil company, requesting rental and trade information.
Motorway and Major Road Service Areas
This form is used exclusively for service areas.
Markets and Market Places
Used exclusively for markets and market places – individual stall holders would normally use VO 6003.
Receipts – General Basic
This form has a wide application, including car parks, and requests rental and trade information. Do not use this form if another, more specific, form is available. It must not be used instead of forms VO 6031 to VO 6035.
Receipts – General Specific
Used predominantly for cinemas, theatres and bingo halls, asking for specific information related to gross receipts and tenure information.
Football and Rugby Grounds
Used exclusively for this type of sports ground.
Greyhound Tracks and Speedway Stadiums
This form is exclusively for this type of premises.
Exclusively for racecourses.
Exclusively for stately homes.
Receipts – General With Expenditure
This has a wide application. The form requests information regarding receipts, expenditure, and some tenure information. Please do not use this form if another, more specific, form is available: for example it must not be used instead of VO 6025 or VO 6056.
This is used exclusively for marinas.
Exclusively for advertising rights.
This form is used exclusively for livestock markets.
Caravan Sites – Receipts
Predominantly used for leisure caravan sites.
Caravan Sites – Rental
This is used predominantly for leisure caravan sites, requesting rental information.
Self Catering Holiday Homes
Request for receipt information. A factsheet is available, explaining why we request this information from this class of property.
This form is used exclusively for timeshare complexes.
Telecom Masts and Stations
Exclusively for telecommunication masts, requesting tenure information and site sharer information where appropriate.
Exclusively for this class of property.
Exclusively for telecom networks.
Used exclusively for gas distribution networks. Please contact the utilities rating team if you require a copy of this form.
Receipts and Expenditure – Electricity Generators
This form requests receipt and expenditure information.
Minerals – General
Used to request general information.
Minerals – Annual Revision
Used exclusively for mineral producing sites, requesting basic annual revision information.
This form is used exclusively to request information in respect of building costs.