Your council tax bill

Council tax is payable on all homes, including houses, bungalows, flats and caravans, whether they are rented or owned.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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:

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 pdf icon 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.

Your instalments

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.

Paying yearly

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.

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