Council Tax Bandings

In England all domestic properties are provided with a Council Tax valuation band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

These bands are based on the price the property would have sold for on the open market on 1 April 1991, not their current sale price.
The valuation band determines how much Council Tax you pay at the property.

All properties are banded on the same basis, including properties bought under discount schemes, e.g. Right to Buy. The purchase price discounts applied to these properties are not taken into account when setting the band.

Council Tax Bands in England (based on 1 April 1991 values)

Band Value at 1 April 1991

  • 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 more than £320,000

Your Council Tax bill shows which band applies to your home.

Querying your Council Tax Band

The VOA maintains the Council Tax Valuation List. This includes placing new properties within a Council Tax band and changing bands for properties when necessary.

To understand why your property is in a certain band, please see how domestic properties are assessed for Council Tax bands.

You can ask the VOA to review your Council Tax band if you think it is wrong and you have been the taxpayer for less than six months, or your band has changed in the last six months. If this does not apply you can still ask VOA to review your Council Tax band, but you'll need to provide strong supporting evidence showing why you believe your property is in the wrong band.

You can find out more from the government website where you can check your band and submit a challenge if you think your band may be wrong.

You should note that making an appeal does not allow you to withhold payment of the tax. If your appeal is successful you will be entitled to a refund of any over-payment.

Helpful Links

Charges for Council Tax Bands

Pay your Council Tax Online

For further information, please contact Revenues:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01789 260990
  • Fax: 01789 260969

Contact: The Revenues & Benefits team

Last updated on 21/11/2023