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 1st 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, eg 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.
Please contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and ask to have it reviewed. The contact details are as follows:
Please bear in mind that if your home is already in Band A, the lowest band, the VOA cannot reduce the band further.
If, having raised your query with the VOA, you still believe your banding is incorrect you can make a formal challenge (known as a proposal to alter the list) but only under limited circumstances.
Generally you can only make a proposal within six months of:
You can also appeal at any time if:
For a full list of circumstances when a valid proposal is permitted please contact The Valuation Office by telephone on 03000 501501 or by fax on 03000 504370 or by visiting their website.
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 overpayment
For further information please contact Revenues on 01789 260990 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax on 01789 260969.