Banding and Appeals
Every domestic property falls within a 'Band', find your property banding and information on how to appeal against your property Band if you think it is too high.
Type your postcode into Council Tax Bandings to find out which band your property is in.
Each property falls within one of the eight bands as follows:-
Property Value as at 1st April 1991
Up to £40,000
Over £40,000 and up to £52,000
Over £52,000 and up to £68,000
Over £68,000 and up to £88,000
Over £88,000 and up to £120,000
Over £120,000 and up to £160,000
Over £160,000 and up to £320,000
Also see How much is my Council Tax?
How the bands were set
The amount of Council Tax that you have to pay is determined by the 'Banding' that is allocated to your property.
The banding is assessed by the District Valuer, who is part of the Inland Revenue, and not by your Local Council.
If any alterations have been made to the property such as an extension, the banding of the property may increase but the current owners will not pay extra. The increase in the banding comes into effect when the property is sold. The purchaser will pay the charge based on the increased band.
Appeal against your Banding
If you disagree with the band that has been applied to your property you may make an appeal to the District Valuer.
The circumstances in which an appeal can be made to the District Valuer against the banding is if any of the following apply:-
- Part of your property has been demolished
- There have been material changes to the area in which you live that could affect the value of your property
- The property has been converted (such as into flats)
- You stop using part of your property to run a business
There is an increase or decrease in the amount of your property that is being used to run a business.
You become the new Council Tax payer on the property and you disagree with the banding you may appeal within the first six months of becoming the owner.
You feel that a property should not be banded as it is not in itself a separate or self-contained dwelling.
You may also make a proposal to the District Valuer to have a property entered into the Valuation lists, such as new properties and conversions.
In order to appeal against your banding you will need to contact:-
Charlotte Corkish MRICS CMgr MCMI - Listing Officer
Council Tax West
Valuation Office Agency
Tel: 03000 501 501
You can also visit the Directgov page How to appeal to see information about appealing against your Council Tax band.
Council Tax charges will remain due and payable at the existing band whilst your appeal is being processed and until the valuation officer notifies the council of the new band.