Council tax bands and rateable values

Council tax bands and rateable values

The Valuation Office Agency (not the council) allocates a valuation band to every home or a rateable value to every business or non-domestic property. The council uses the banding or the rateable value to work out your bill. Your band or rateable value is shown on your bill.


Council tax

Every home is allocated one of eight bands, A to H. The banding is based on the value of your home at 1 April 1991. The range of values for each band is detailed below.

[1] Council tax bands

Band 

Value (£) 

Up to 40,000 

Over 40,000 and up to 52,000 

Over 52,000 and up to 68,000 

Over 68,000 and up to 88,000 

Over 88,000 and up to 120,000 

Over 120,000 and up to 160,000 

Over 160,000 and up to 320,000 

Over 320,000 

Council tax figures per band (current and previous year)

[2] Checking your band

The band of your property will be shown on your council tax bill. You can also view it online using the 'my account' facility.

You may check the band attached to any property via the council tax valuation list. The council tax valuation list contains the banding for all homes and can be viewed on the Valuation Office Agency's website www.voa.gov.uk (opens new window). You may also contact us.

[3] Enquiring about your council tax band

Please contact: Council Tax South, Valuation Office Agency, 1 Francis Grove, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DT, call 03000 501501, email ctsouth@voa.gsi.gov.uk.


Business rates

The rateable value of a non-domestic property broadly represents its annual open market rental value at 1 April 2008 as per the revaluation, which came into effect on 1 April 2010. 

Useful links:

[1] Checking your rateable value

You can check the rateable value of your property in the rating lists on the Valuation Office Agency web site www.voa.gov.uk . You may also contact us.    

[2] Enquiring about your rateable value

Please contact: Non-domestic Rates London, Valuation Office Agency, Chase House, 305 Chase Road, Southgate, London, N14 6LZ,  call 03000 501501 email ratinglondon@voa.gsi.gov.uk.


Properties liable for both taxes

Properties in mixed use, known as composite properties, will have a rateable value to reflect their non-domestic part, and a band to reflect their domestic part. Composite properties are liable to pay both taxes, albeit on different parts, and so appear on both the valuation and rating lists for the borough.


Want to know more?

Information on how to appeal:

For council tax see How to appeal against your council tax banding factsheet.

For business rates see rateable values and appeals factsheet.

More information on how properties are valued for council tax or business rates is available on the valuation office web site www.voa.gov.uk (opens new window) including information on how to appeal.

Further sources of information:

Page last updated: 11/01/2013