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Council Tax

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Council Tax is a fee your local council charges you for the local services it provides like rubbish collection, libraries and regeneration schemes. Your payments also go towards policing, fire services and parish charges.

Who has to pay?

You'll usually have to pay Council Tax if you're 18 or over and own or rent a home.

A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill.

You'll get 25% off your bill if you count as an adult for Council Tax and either:

  • you live on your own
  • no-one else in your home counts as an adult

You will not have to pay any Council Tax if everyone in your home, including you, is a full-time student. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a council tax discount, reduction or exemption. We also have Council Tax Reduction which helps people on low income to pay their council tax.

What to pay and when

The amount of Council Tax you pay is based on the valuation band your property sits in. Find out the Council Tax band for your home using the GOV.UK postcode search .

Your Council Tax bill tells you how much you have to pay for the year, how the amount has been worked out and the dates you have to pay.

Find out the different ways to pay your Council Tax bill.

How to pay your Council Tax bill

Information on how to pay your Council Tax bill

Council Tax discounts, reductions and exemptions

Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a Council Tax discount, reduction or exemption.

Change of address or circumstances

If you are moving home or your circumstances change, you need to let us know

Apply for a council tax reduction

Eligibility criteria for council tax reduction and how to apply.

Your Council Tax bill

Information and support to help you understand your council tax bill

Where is my council tax spent?

Find out more about where council money is spent and where it comes from

View your Council Tax online

View your bill, payments, instalments and discounts online or register for an account

How to appeal against your Council Tax bill

You can appeal your bill if you think we've made a mistake.

Empty properties or second homes

If you own an empty property or second home the amount of Council Tax you pay will depend on how it is classified.

Council tax information for landlords

Find out who is responsible for paying council tax in your rented properties.