Council Tax is charged on all domestic properties in England and Wales. One Council Tax bill is issued to each property whether it is occupied or not.
We work out who is liable to pay the property’s Council Tax by using a ‘hierarchy of liability’. To find out who is liable to pay Council Tax in your property, read the following list. As soon as you reach a description that applies to you or someone else in your home, you will have found the person (or persons) liable to pay Council Tax:
Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying Council Tax, even if there is only one name on the bill.
Sometimes the owner of a property will have to pay instead of the person who lives there. The owner is liable to pay if:
If you are unsure about whether you should be paying Council Tax you can find out online.
If you are paying Council Tax and think the bill is incorrect or that the owner of the property should pay instead, email us. Make sure the subject of your email includes your Council Tax number inside angled brackets, for example <XXXXXXXXX>.
The Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) banding system is used to work out how much Council Tax you need to pay. You can find out what band your property is in on the VOA’s website or by looking at your bill. The amount you will need to pay per band is shown in the table below:
|Council Tax band||Total Council Tax
2015 - 16
|Total Council Tax
2016 - 17
If you think the Council Tax band your property is in is wrong, or you would like to appeal you can challenge this on the VOA’s website.
You can find out online if you are eligible for any Council Tax discounts.