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Council tax bands

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Council tax bands

Find out what council tax bands are, how they're calculated and how they affect the amount of tax you'll pay. 

Council tax bands are calculated using the value of the property you live at a certain point in time.

Different amounts are due for each council tax band - it is up to your local council to set the amount of tax you must pay based on these bands. To know what your exact bill is likely to be, speak to your local council. 

This guide explains how council tax bands are calculated in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

If you don't think your property has been valued correctly you can dispute your council tax bill.

Find out more: disputing a council tax bill - learn how to get your property revalued

Council tax bands and banding in England

Properties in England are put into one of eight bands (A-H), depending on the price they would have sold for in April 1991, when valuations for the current system were made. The valuation band ranges for England are as follows:

Council tax bands in England
Council tax band Ranges of value
A Up to £40,000
B More than £40,000 and up to £52,000
C More than £52,000 and up to £68,000
D More than £68,000 and up to £88,000
E More than £88,000 and up to £120,000
F More than £120,000 and up to £160,000
G More than £160,000 and up to £320,000
H More than £320,000

Council tax bands and banding in Scotland

Properties in Scotland are also put into one of eight bands (A-H), based on their value in April 1991, but the valuation band ranges are different.

Council tax bands in Scotland
Council tax band Ranges of value
A Up to £27,000
B More than £27,000 and up to £35,000
C More than £35,000 and up to £45,000
D More than £45,000 and up to £58,000
E More than £58,000 and up to £80,000
F More than £800,000 and up to £106,000
G More than £106,000 and up to £212,000
H More than £212,000

Council tax bands and banding in Wales

Properties in Wales were re-valued in 2003, and council tax bands are based on their market value on 1 April 2003. There are nine valuation bands (A-I)

Council tax bands in Wales
Council tax band Ranges of value
A Up to £44,000
B More than £44,000 and up to £65,000
C More than £65,000 and up to £91,000
D More than £91,000 and up to £123,000
E More than £123,000 and up to £162,000
F More than £162,000 and up to £223,000
G More than £223,000 and up to £324,000
H More than £324,000 and up to £424,000
I More than £424,000

Domestic rates in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland did not switch to council tax in the 1990s, but kept the old system of domestic rates, based on rental values. In 2007, Northern Ireland changed to a modified system of domestic rates, based on the capital value of individual properties. 

The council tax system of property bands was not adopted, however, so domestic rates bills continue to be set individually. 

Domestic rates are worked out by multiplying the rateable capital value of your property by the domestic regional rate and domestic district rate added together. 

The rateable capital value is specific to your home. The domestic regional rate is the amount of pence in every pound you pay to the Assembly for regional services. The domestic district rate is the amount of pence in every pound you pay to your District council for local services. 

Council tax discount

There are many types of people who are eligible for a council tax discount, including full-time students and people living in a property by themselves. 

Find out more: who is eligible for a council tax discount, and how to apply for one

  • Last updated: June 2017
  • Updated by: Joe Elvin
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