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Valuation Office Agency

VOA rating list downloads

Welcome to our internet rating list download page. You can obtain a copy of our non-domestic rating lists and summary valuations from here.

This is a trial of public cloud technology for disseminating information to the public over the internet, replacing our previous use of DVDs.

Cloud storage technology now enables us to provide copies of rating list information free of charge. Advanced users will also be able to benefit from using ReST storage APIs, and developers from .NET.

If you have any questions or need advice, please use the get help link at the bottom of the page. You will also find general and technical guidance below.



General guidance

Licencing terms and conditions

VOA rating list downloads are only available under our new restricted licence terms and conditions. These are the same terms and conditions applicable to viewing rating list information online. An open government licence does not apply.

Downloads are available from this page free of charge. They may be passed on to third parties only after you have communicated to them clearly that our terms and conditions also apply to data you pass on. You may include links to our GOV.UK web pages where appropriate.

Dataset downloads and specification

Our 2017 and 2010 compiled rating list epoch datasets are divided into two compressed files each. The first file contains list entries, (around 70mb and 140mb respectively), and the second file contains the corresponding summary valuations that we are able to make available, (around 160mb and 270mb).

The latest datasets published 1st April 2017, hold rating list information for 2 million current commercial properties and corresponding 1.9 million summary valuations as at 1st April 2017. Records are asterisk-delimited. Uncompressed files are ASCII encoded csv type. Our technical guidance provides full details about how the data in the files is structured.

Due to the number of records contained within each file, we recommend using a database product to load them into. Examples include Microsoft Access and MySQL. We invite your feedback about how to deliver our rating list datasets going forward.

We intend to continue providing refreshed datasets containing all properties periodically. These are known as "epochs". In between epochs we provide smaller "change-only-update" files weekly. Change-only-updates can be applied to the most recent epoch to produce an up to date version of the rating list and corresponding summary valuations in between epochs. The updates also explain changes and how they have been carried out.

File names will include version numbering and show which change-only-updates apply to which epoch. Using blob storage APIs, you will also be able to obtain directories of rating list files, their modification dates and initiate downloads automatically.



Downloads

Note: To access the final List Entry change-only-updates for 2010 & 2017 epochs 07 & 05 respectively, please use the APIs as detailed above.

Our latest downloads contain all 2017 compiled rating list entries and corresponding Summary Valuations. We also provide the same information for our 2010 list. Existing users will recognise that they contain the same fields as our 2010 list datasets previously provided on DVD.

We have now added our weekly 2017 and 2010 list entry and summary valuation change-only-updates. These will hold changes to both lists made from the 1st April 2017 onwards. Please see our technical guidance to learn about them.

Downloads are free of charge. They are subject to our new restricted licence terms and conditions. To continue, you must confirm that you have read and accepted the new terms and conditions by clicking  


Note: Boundary Changes Guidance

NOTE Our datasets will not, currently, align with Billing Authority changes coming into effect on 1st April 2019.

In order to identify records for any of the five new Councils you will need to aggregate the records for the BA Codes that existed prior to 1st April 2019 as follows:

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BA Code 1260) consists of -

Dorset Council (BA Code 1265) consists of -

Somerset West and Taunton Council (BA Code 3330) consists of -

East Suffolk Council (BA Code 3540) consists of -

West Suffolk Council (BA Code 3545) consists of -