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Most domestic property (house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat) is subject to council tax
There will be one council tax bill issued per dwelling whether it is occupied or unoccupied to either the owner or the occupier.
Each domestic property has been allocated a valuation band by the local Valuation Office which is part of the Inland Revenue.
This band is based on what the price the property might have been sold for on April 1, 1991.
Band A Up to and including £40,000
Band B £40,001 - £52,000
Band C £52,001 - £68,000
Band D £68,001 - £85,000
Band E £85,001 - £120,000
Band F £120,001 - £160,000
Band G £160,001 - £320,000
Band H more than £320,000
Your council tax bill will show which band has been allocated to your property under the correspondence address.
Valuations for new domestic properties
If you are moving into a newly-built / renovated property it may not yet have been allocated a band by the Valuation Office you can check this online by searching for our council tax band.
If it has not been banded we will contact the Valuation Office and request a banding for your property, this can take up to three months but is usually much quicker.
If your property has not yet been banded we will award a provisional valuation to enable you to start making payments towards your council tax bill if you wish to do so.
This provisional valuation should not be taken as any indication of the band which will be allocated by the Valuation Office. There is no legal obligation for you to pay a council tax bill which is based on a provisional valuation.
However, please be aware that if you do not start making payments towards your bill and there is a delay in your property being allocated a band you may find that your instalments are higher than you would anticipate because of the limited number of instalments available in the financial year.
Appealing against your council tax banding
If you don't agree with the banding the Valuation Office has given your property and you wish to submit an online appeal then go to the Gov.uk website.
The Valuation Office will usually only consider appeals against bandings when your property has been allocated a banding for the first time or you have purchased the property within the last six months.
If you prefer to put your appeal in writing then you can write to:-
The Valuation Office Agency, 4400 Nash Court, Oxford Business Park South, Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2RU
Alternatively you can telephone them on 03000 501501.
Please remember that if you are appealing your band you must still pay in accordance with your latest council tax bill as recovery action will continue.
If you are successful in your appeal the Valuation Office will tell us what the new band should be and from what date the new band should be changed. This usually takes between 14 and 28 days.
We will then send you a new bill showing you how much you now owe and where relevant any overpayment as a result of the re banding. You can request a refund of your council tax online.
Remember when appealing against your band the Valuation Office does not have to lower your banding and could increase it.