The Rateable Value of a property is the annual rent it would achieve if let on the open market at a valuation date set in law. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) determine Rateable Values by referring to rents agreed on similar properties in the local area. Most non-domestic properties, such as offices, shops and restaurants, are assessed on the basis of their rental value per square metre in line with what happens in the rental market.
Rents paid for public houses are also used to determine the appropriate Rateable Value. The approach of valuing per square metre is not used as the market uses trading potential (turnover) to determine levels of rent. This is a recognised way of valuing pubs and has been agreed between the VOA and a number of trade associations.