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.
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.
Due to the Coronavirus and the Prime Minister measures, the advice for less social contact and for staff to work from home will mean we will likely to be experiencing more connection issues than when we are in the office. We will endeavour to keep this site going but please expect delays can happen due to due to connection problems, receiving of the data files to upload to this website, etc.
Also please note we are experiencing problems replying to emails from the RLD mailbox due to a recent migration and upgrade to Outlook, we are waiting for this to be resolved so we apologise for any delay in responding to queries.
PLEASE NOTE: Additional 2017 Weekly Change Update Files received.
We have been informed by our data suppliers that we will now receive additional 2017 Weekly Change Update files to be produced twice a week that have been centrally requested by the business.
We will aim to publish them together with the regular Weekly Change Update files received on Wednesdays unless we are notified of any changes in date that conflict with start of the month processes, etc.
Hopefully this action will not cause issues for consumers of the data that ingest/reject at either record level or dataset level.
Any problems then please contact RLI 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.
This situation will be partially corrected with effect from 7th June 2020 when the following two impacted Billing Authorities will appear in the datasets:
East Suffolk Council (BA Code 3540) formally -
- Suffolk Coastal 3530,
- Waveney 3535.
West Suffolk Council (BA Code 3545) formally -
- Forest Heath 3510,
- St Edmundsbury 3525.
There are three Billing Authorities that still require changes to be applied to them. In order to identify records for these 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 -
- Bournemouth 1250,
- Christchurch 1210,
- Poole 1255.
Dorset Council (BA Code 1265) consists of -
- East Dorset 1240,
- North Dorset 1215,
- Purbeck 1225,
- West Dorset 1230,
- Weymouth and Portland 1235.
Somerset West and Taunton Council (BA Code 3330) consists of -
- Taunton Deane 3315,
- West Somerset 3320.
Our technical guidance contains detailed information about the data in our downloads and how the records in them are arranged. We have also included supplementary tables of important and useful codes and their descriptions to help improve the overall quality of the datasets.
Our 2017 technical guidance
Our 2010 technical guidance
Please use the email link below to request help, suggest improvements or provide us with feedback.
You may find it useful to check our general guidance section for answers to common questions first.
Our technical guidance also contains detailed information about the data in our downloads and how the records are arranged.
Contact us by email