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Council tax bands, charges and appeals

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), not the Council, allocates one of eight bands to every property, based on its value on 1 April 1991. Even if you live in a new property the VOA will work out the band based on what the property value would have been in 1991.

To find a property band, please visit the valuation office website.

Council Tax band Property value
A Up to £40,000
B £40,001 to £52,000
C £52,001 to £68,000
D £68,001 to £88,000
E £88,001 to £120,000
F £120,001 to £160,000
G £160,001 to £320,000
H Over £320,000

Council tax charges

Your bill will let you know how much you need to pay. You can also download the list of charges for 2020 to 2021.

Long term empty properties

These are properties which are unoccupied and unfurnished for 6 months or more. No discount is awarded. Where a property has remained unoccupied and unfurnished for 24 months or more an additional 100% premium will be added to the charge from April 1 2019.

Appealing your council tax banding

You may be able to appeal your council tax band. For more information contact the valuation office:

  • Valuation Office Agency website

  • phone 03000 501501, or

  • write to: The Valuation Office Agency, Overline House, Central Station, Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW.

If you appeal against your banding you must continue paying your council tax until a decision has been made.