Bands and Charges
Find out about the different Council Tax bands and charges.
The Council has become aware that citizens have been contacted by companies who offer to appeal against the Council Tax banding of their property on behalf of the Council Tax payer. The aim of this is to get the council tax band for the property reduced and receive a refund from the Council for overpaid Council Tax.
The Council wishes to make citizens aware that:
- these companies make a charge for providing this service
- if you think your Council Tax band is wrong or would like to check your Council Tax band you can contact The Valuation Office Agency who provide this service free of charge
Each dwelling has been allocated to one of eight bands according to its open market value at 1 April 1991.
Valuation Range £
Council Tax 2014/2015
Council Tax 2015/2016
0 to 40,000
40,001 - 52,000
52,001 - 68,000
68,001 - 88,000
88,001 - 120,000
120,001 - 160,000
160,001 - 320,000
Check Your Band
The band on your property is set by The Valuation Office Agency. You can check the band for your address or any other property in England and Wales by visiting the website of the Valuation Office Agency.
Appeal Against Your Banding
The band that your property falls into is also shown on your Council Tax bill. If you want to check or appeal against your banding you should contact the Listing Officer direct and not the Council. The contact address and other details are:
If you believe your banding may be wrong you can either make a formal appeal to the Valuation Officer or simply ask them to check it. You can make an appeal if:
- you have been liable for your property for less than 6 months and can demonstrate that its value at 1 April 1991 would have been such that it should be in a different band
- you believe your property warrants a reduced value due to a change in the property or locality, eg part of your property has been converted or demolished or there has been a material change in the area you live in
More details on checking and appealing your banding can be found on the Valuation Office Agency website http://www.voa.gov.uk
Before deciding to contact the Valuation Office, please remember that prices of dwellings vary over time. The valuation for Council Tax purposes was made on 1 April 1991 and the change in general prices since then is not grounds for appeal.
Please note that making an appeal does not allow you to withhold payment of Council Tax. If you are successful in reducing your band you will receive the benefit of any overpaid Council Tax.
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