Council tax is one way in which the council raises money to pay for the services it provides. It is charged on most homes. It does not matter whether the home is rented or owned, or whether it is lived in or not. There is one bill per home, whether it’s a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, caravan or houseboat.
Each home is in a valuation band, from A to H, based on what it would have sold for on 1st April 1991. The Valuation Office Agency, not the council, allocates a valuation band to every home. The council uses this to work out your council tax bill.
- For further information about your council tax please see our guide About Your Council Tax 2017/18 (pdf, 547kb).
If your circumstances change
The bill you have been sent is based on the information shown on it. The law requires the bill to show these details and reflects the council's assumption that this information will be correct until the last day of the financial year to which the bill relates.
You have a duty to notify us of any changes that affect your entitlement to an exemption or discount and you may have to pay a penalty if you do not. If you are unsure as to how your change in circumstances affects these entitlements, you should contact us for advice.
If you are receiving council tax benefit and the circumstances which led to your entitlement change you must notify us immediately.
If you are moving home please let us know within 21 days giving the address you are leaving, the address you are moving to and the date you move. If you are buying a property please give the date of completion.
You may have to pay a fine if you fail to notify us.
Reductions and appeals
Some residents and/or properties are eligible for council tax reductions or exemptions. If you have been refused a discount, exemption or relief or do not think you should be responsible for paying council tax, you can appeal to us in writing telling us why you think we have got it wrong.
- For further information see council tax reductions
Last updated: 15 March 2017