Your Council Tax Band
Eight Council Tax bands
You have to pay Council Tax for most homes. We send one bill to each home, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether you own it or are renting it.
The Valuation Office has put each home into one of eight ‘bands’ depending on its value on 1 April 1991.
|A||Up to and including £40,000||E||£88,001 to £120,000|
|B||£40,001 to £52,000||F||£120,001 to £160,000|
|C||£52,001 to £68,000||G||£160,001 to £320,000|
|D||£68,001 to £88,000||H||More than £320,000|
If you don't know which band your property is in, you can find out.
Band enquiries and appeals
Companies are contacting Stevenage residents advising them that they could be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax band.
Companies are offering to make an appeal to the Valuation Office Agency for a non-refundable administration fee and if successful, will want a fee of 20% of any band reduction obtained.
All customers can do this themselves for free. You can check and query your banding with the Valuation Office Agency and if the band is incorrect, it will be amended.
How do I appeal my band?
If you believe the Council Tax Banding of your property is incorrect, you have the right to appeal. You must continue to pay your Council Tax as billed while awaiting the outcome of any appeal.
The Council Tax (Alterations of Lists and Appeals) came into force on 1st April 1993 and there was a period of six months for residents, owner-occupiers and owners to appeal against their bands. After six months, there is no further appeal unless there is a change of ownership in the property and the new owner has that right of appeal.
You will need to make a statement in writing or online via their website to the Listing Officer at the Valuation Office Agency. You will need to explain why you feel your property banding is now considered inaccurate, for example; if you believe there has been a material decrease in the value of your property. The definition of material decrease includes any change in the physical state of your dwelling's location.
Council Tax East
Valuation Office Agency
Castle Meadow Road
Council Tax General Enquiries
East Herts and Stevenage Borough Council