Council tax bands & appeals
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), not the Council, allocates one of eight bands to every property, based on its value on 1 April 1991. Even if you live in a new property the VOA will work out the band based on what the property value would have been in 1991.
To find a property band, please use the following link the valuation office.
|Council Tax band||Property value|
|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|
Long term empty properties
These are properties which are unoccupied and unfurnished for 6 months or more. No discount is awarded. Where a property has remained unoccupied and unfurnished for 24 months or more an additional 100% premium will be added to the charge from April 1st 2019.
Breakdown of empty properties 2015
|Description||Under 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2+ years|
Unoccupied and unfurnished variable discount for up to 6 months
Unoccupied and unfurnished 0% discount
Unoccupied and unfurnished over 2 years subject to a 50% premium
Unoccupied and undergoing major structural repairs 50% discount for up to 6 months
Last occupier has moved into a care home 0% charge
Awaiting probate 0% charge
Occupation prohibited by law 0% charge
Empty pitch/ mooring 0% charge
Appealing your council tax banding
You may be able to appeal your council tax band. For more information contact the valuation office:
- Valuation Office Agency website
- phone 03000 501501, or
- write to: The Valuation Office Agency, Overline House, Central Station, Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW
If you appeal against your banding you must continue paying your council tax until a decision has been made.