Your property is given a Council Tax band, which determines how much you pay. There are eight Council Tax bands from A – H.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) determine which band your property is in, based on its market value on 1 April 1991.
If you don't agree with your Council Tax band
You can appeal against the valuation banding within six months of becoming the taxpayer. Also, if your Council Tax band changes you have six months to appeal it. For more information visit the Council Tax appeals page.
Newly-built/Renovated Properties- Provisional Banding
It can take up to three months for newly-built or significantly renovated properties to be given a council tax band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
If you have moved into a property which is not yet banded the council will provide a 'provisional banding' for the property to allow customers to start making payments towards their council tax bill.
The provisional banding may be different to the actual band which will be allocated by the Valuation Office and there is no legal obligation to pay a council tax bill, which is based on a ‘provisional valuation’.
However, waiting for a property to be banded could mean that your instalments are higher than you would anticipate because of the reduced number of instalments available in the financial year.