All properties are banded by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). The valuation band determines how much council tax you pay and is shown on your bill. You can check your band by searching by postcode on the VOA website.
You can calculate your council tax by using our online council tax calculator.
I think my council tax band is incorrect
If you think that your property is not banded correctly, please visit the VOA website for advice.
Long-term empty properties
If your property is unoccupied and unfurnished, you will have to pay a minimum 100% charge.
With effect from 1 April 2021:
|Properties empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) for up to 2 years||0% discount (full charge)|
|Furnished properties and second homes||0% discount (full charge)|
|Properties empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) for 2-5 years||200% charge (includes 100% empty property premium)|
|Properties empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) for 5-10 years||300% charge (includes 200% empty property premium)|
|Properties empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) for more than 10 years||400% charge (includes 300% empty property premium)|
Any periods of occupation of six weeks or less will be disregarded when considering how long a property has been empty.
If you require further information please read our Council Tax Empty Properties Policy.
Visit our moving home page for useful information if you're moving in, out of and within the borough.