Council Tax bill explained
We send your Council Tax bill in February or March each year. Your tax bill contains a lot of information so we have explained how it is broken down and what it means:
Below is an example Council Tax bill using sample data. We explain each numbered section in detail after the image. You can also read the back of a Council Tax bill (PDF 92KB) for more information.
At the top of the bill
3. Your Council Tax reference number - to help us deal with your query quickly, always quote this number when you contact us. At the end of this reference number you can find the financial year that your bill relates to (the last 4 digits).
Under the Bill for Council Tax section
11. Telephone number to use for paying by debit or credit card over the phone: 0300 456 0634.
At the bottom of the bill
14. Annual charge for the property band valuation shown on your bill. This will include the Council Tax, water and sewerage charge. To find out if you have been charged for water or sewerage, please look at the charges section on your bill.
One or more persons can be responsible for paying the Council Tax bill.
Person(s) named on the Council Tax bill
The person or people named on the front of the bill are responsible for paying the Council Tax for the property. This will be either:
- the resident owner - someone who owns the property and lives in it
- a resident tenant - someone who rents the property and lives in it
- a sub-tenant - someone who rents the property and lives in it
- a resident
- the owner - if the property is not subject to a lease and no-one lives in the property
Two or more person(s) jointly liable
If there are two or more owners or tenants, they will be jointly responsible for paying the Council Tax, even if we only send the bill to one of them.
You are both, individually and together, responsible for making sure that your Council Tax is paid in full if:
- you have a husband or wife, or you live with someone as if you were married
- you and someone else are joint owners or tenants of a property
This includes same-sex couples who have entered into a civil partnership or those who live together as a couple but who have not entered into a civil partnership.
By requesting a copy of your Council Tax bill, we will send you a revised bill. This is not a copy of the original bill issued, your instalments will be recalculated over the remaining months for the current financial year, if you are not up-to-date when requesting a copy, your payments will increase. If you request the copy bill within 10 days of the next instalment date, it will automatically calculate from the next payment date.