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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2020 No. 327 (C. 28)

Rating And Valuation

The Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2020

Made

19th October 2020

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

21st October 2020

Coming into force

5th November 2020

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on them by section 44(2), (3) and (4)(a) of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 F1.

Citation, commencement and interpretationS

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 5 November 2020.

(2) In these Regulations—

the Act” means the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020, and

the 1975 Act” means the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975 F2.

F21975 c. 30. Section 2A of the 1975 Act is inserted by section 3 of the Act. Sections 3ZA and 3ZB of the 1975 Act are inserted by section 10(4) of the Act.

Commencement Information

I1Reg. 1 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Appointed daysS

2.—(1) The day appointed for the coming into force of the provisions of the Act specified in column 1 of the table in the schedule (the subject matter of which is described in column 2 of that table) is specified in column 3 of that table.

(2) The day appointed for the coming into force of section 3 of the Act (new or improved properties: mark in valuation roll) is—

(a)5 November 2020, but only so far as is necessary to allow the Scottish Ministers to—

(i)make regulations under section 2A(7) of the 1975 Act,

(ii)lay draft regulations under section 2A(7)(b) of that Act,

(iii)consult on proposals for regulations under section 2A(7) of that Act, and

(b)1 April 2021, insofar as not already brought into force by sub-paragraph (a).

(3) The day appointed for the coming into force of section 10 of the Act (proposals to alter, and appeals against, valuation roll) is—

(a)5 November 2020, but only so far as is necessary to allow the Scottish Ministers to—

(i)make regulations under section 3ZA(7) and 3ZB(7) of the 1975 Act,

(ii)lay draft regulations under section 3ZA(7)(e) and 3ZB(7)(d) of that Act,

(iii)consult on proposals for regulations under section 3ZA(7)(e) and 3ZB(7)(d) of that Act, and

(b)1 April 2022, insofar as not already brought into force by sub-paragraph (a).

Commencement Information

I2Reg. 2 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Restriction on making complaints: saving provisionS

3.  The amendment made by section 12 of the Act (restriction on making complaints with regard to assessor's valuations under section 13 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854 F3) has no effect in relation to complaints made prior to 1 April 2022.

Commencement Information

I3Reg. 3 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Failure to pay instalments of rates: transitional provisionS

4.  For the avoidance of doubt, the amendment made by section 21 of the Act (procedure to be followed where a ratepayer fails to pay an instalment of rates in accordance with section 8(1) of the 1975 Act) has no effect in relation to a failure to pay an instalment of rates prior to 1 April 2021.

Commencement Information

I4Reg. 4 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Repeal of section 7 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854: saving provisionS

5.  The repeal made by section 26(5) of the Act (ability of assessor to call for written statement of rent under section 7 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854) has no effect in relation to a call made upon a person by an assessor prior to 1 April 2021.

Commencement Information

I5Reg. 5 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Duty to notify changes of circumstances: transitional provisionS

6.  For the avoidance of doubt, the duty created by section 28 of the Act (duty to notify changes of circumstances) does not apply to a relevant change in circumstances which occurred prior to 1 April 2021.

Commencement Information

I6Reg. 6 in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

BEN MACPHERSON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew's House,

Edinburgh

19th October 2020

Regulation 2(1)

SCHEDULES

Commencement Information

I7Sch. in force at 5.11.2020, see reg. 1(1)

Column 1 Provisions of the ActColumn 2 Subject matterColumn 3 Appointed day
Section 2, apart from subsection (a)Revaluation years5 November 2020
Section 4Power of Scottish Ministers to remove exempt status of lands and heritages1 April 2022
Section 5Entering of parks in valuation roll1 April 2023
Section 6Discretion of local authority to determine whether lands and heritages are dwellings5 November 2020
Section 7Agreement as to valuation5 November 2020
Section 8Draft valuation roll and draft valuation notices5 November 2020
Section 9Valuation notices5 November 2020
Section 11Proposals and appeals: consequential modifications1 April 2022
Section 12Restriction on making complaints1 April 2022
Section 14New or improved properties: rates relief5 November 2020
Section 15Contribution to net-zero emissions target: rates relief5 November 2020
Section 16Specialist music provision in public schools: rates relief5 November 2020
Section 17Charitable relief: independent schools1 April 2021
Section 18Power to reduce or remit rates for certain organisations: guidance5 November 2020
Section 20Non-use or underuse of lands and heritages: notification1 April 2021
Section 21Failure to pay instalments1 April 2021
Section 22Electronic communication of information5 November 2020
Section 23Procedure for regulations under section 225 November 2020
Section 24Duty to report on number of assessors and availability of resources5 November 2020
Section 25Status of secretary of valuation appeal panel5 November 2020
Section 26 (insofar as not already in force)Assessor information notices1 April 2021
Section 27Local authority information notices1 April 2021
Section 28Duty to notify changes of circumstances1 April 2021
Section 29 (insofar as not already in force)Offences in relation to information notices and notifications under section 281 April 2021
Section 30 (insofar as not already in force)Civil penalties for failure to comply with assessor information notices5 November 2020
Section 32Payment of penalties into the Scottish Consolidated Fund5 November 2020
Section 33Civil penalties for failure to comply with local authority information notices and for failure to notify changes in circumstances1 April 2021
Section 34(1) to (4)Penalties under section 33: appeals1 April 2021
Section 34(5) to (8)Penalties under section 33: appeal regulations5 November 2020
Section 35Penalties under section 33: enforcement1 April 2021
Section 36Sections 31 and 34: consequential modifications1 April 2021
Section 37Anti-avoidance regulations5 November 2020
Section 38Meaning of “advantage”5 November 2020
Section 39Non-domestic rates avoidance arrangements5 November 2020
Section 40Meaning of “artificial”5 November 2020
Section 41Procedure for anti-avoidance regulations5 November 2020

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations bring into force the provisions of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 (“the Act”) insofar as those provisions are not already in force, with the exception of subsection (a) of section 2 and section 19.

Regulation 2(1) and the schedule of the Regulations appoint 5 November 2020 for the coming into force of sections 2(b), 6 to 9, 14 to 16, 18, 22 to 25, 30 (insofar as not already in force), 32, 34(5) to (8) and 37 to 41. 1 April 2021 is appointed for the coming into force of sections 17, 20, 21, 26 (insofar as not already in force), 27, 28, 29 (insofar as not already in force), 33, 34 (insofar as not already in force), 35 and 36. 1 April 2022 is appointed for the coming into force of sections 4, 11 and 12. 1 April 2023 is appointed for the coming into force of section 5.

Regulation 2(2) brings section 3 of the Act into force on 5 November 2020 for purposes relating to the making of regulations, and on 1 April 2021 for all other purposes.

Regulation 2(3) brings section 10 of the Act into force on 5 November 2020 for purposes relating to the making of regulations, and on 1 April 2022 for all other purposes.

Regulations 3 to 6 contain transitional and saving provisions.

Regulation 3 provides that a restriction on making complaints against assessor valuations only applies to complaints made on or after 1 April 2022.

Regulation 4 clarifies that the procedure introduced by section 21 of the Act for failing to pay an instalment of rates only applies to a failure to pay on or after 1 April 2021.

The commencement of section 26(5) of the Act provides that section 7 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854 is repealed. Regulation 5 provides that the repeal has no effect in relation to calls made upon a person prior to 1 April 2021.

Regulation 6 clarifies that a duty to notify a relevant change of circumstances under section 28 of the Act only arises where the change occurs on or after 1 April 2021.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

The Bill for the Act received Royal Assent on 11 March 2020. The following sections of the Act came into force on the following day: sections 1, 26(1) to (4), 29(1)(a), 29(3) (insofar as it relates to section 29(1)(a)), 30(1) to (7) and (12) to (14), 31 and 42 to 45.

Section 13 of the Act was brought into force on 2 April 2020 by the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act 2020 (Commencement No.1 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2020 (S.S.I. 2020/107).

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