- You are in Your Council
- Council tax
- Paying council tax during coronavirus
- Your council tax bill
- Council tax charges
- Register for council tax or tell us about a change
- Council tax support
- Who has to pay council tax
- How to pay your council tax bill
- Council tax discounts
- Council tax exemptions
- If your home has an annexe
- Council tax premium on empty homes
- What happens if you don't pay your council tax
- View your council tax account online
- Valuation bands
- Council tax
Your council tax bill
Council tax is payable on all homes, including houses, bungalows, flats and caravans, whether they are rented or owned.
At an exceptional time like this, maintaining the council tax is even more important as it pays for public services that are crucial to help keep you and your families safe
We know that this is also a difficult and uncertain time for many of you and if you are struggling to pay your council tax, we can help. Please see our Paying your bills during coronavirus page for more information
About your council tax
The tax is linked to the value of your property, but the amount you pay will also depend on who lives there. Your bill may be reduced if you are entitled to:
- Council Tax Support
- Discount, for example single person, vacant properties, disabled people
- Exemption, for example those occupied by students
- Disregard - some people are not included when counting the number of residents
Your annual bill
Council tax is payable in advance and we will send your annual bill in March.
You will receive one council tax bill for the household. The bill will show all of the names of the people that we believe are legally responsible to pay the bill.
If you would like to receive your council tax bill by email, you can use our View your council tax account online service to sign up for e-billing. You can also see a record of your council tax payments over the past four years.
Understanding your council tax bill
For more information about council tax, please see the Council tax explanatory notes [77kb]
A printed version is also available on request
How to pay your council tax bill
Please see our How to pay your council tax bill page for all the options.
If more than one person is responsible for paying the bill
If there is more than one person legally responsible, each of those people will be liable for the whole amount of the tax, not just a share of it. This is called joint and several liability.
The annual council tax bill is usually payable in ten monthly instalments, starting in April and finishing in January.
Each instalment payment should reach us by the 1st of the month. However, if you pay your council tax by direct debit, you may choose to have the instalment payment collected on the 1st, 10th or the 20th of the month.
To pay yearly, just pay the total amount due within 14 days of the date of the first instalment.
Paying half yearly
You need to make two payments:
- Within 14 days of the due date of the first instalment, pay the total of all of the instalments due up to 31 August
- By 1 September, pay the balance for the year
If you move or your circumstances change
We will issue a revised bill and your instalments may be different. For bills issued later in the year, the number of instalments is reduced.