Latest news 14th August 2015
Bath & North East Somerset Council is warning residents to be wary after reports of bogus calls being made to households in the area about Council Tax. Read more.
Council Tax is collected and used by local councils to help pay for local services like schools, the police, and refuse collections. It is based on a banded property valuation of dwellings (domestic homes). The amount of Council Tax you pay will depend on the band your property is in and the number of adults who live there.
Your Council Tax bill is the legal notice that details the amount you need to pay. This example bill explains what the different parts of your Council Tax bill mean.
How we calculate the Council Tax
We estimate how much we need to raise from Council Tax. This will depend on;
- how much we plan to spend on providing services to the people of Bath & North East Somerset,
- how much will be funded
through fees and charges, and
- the amount of support provided by Government grants and national Business Rates.
This is converted into the tax for each valuation band, by taking into account the number of properties in each band using detailed Government rules.
Your Guide to Local Council Spending and Council Tax, and additional leaflets provided by some Town and Parish Councils are available in the Council Budgets & Spending section.
Council Tax bands
Each property has been put into one of 8 valuation bands, according to what it was worth on 1st April 1991. This valuation was completed by the Valuation Office Agency, which is part of HM Revenue & Customs, not the Council. The amount of Council Tax you pay is based on the band your home is in. This band is shown on the front of your Council Tax bill.
If you don't know which valuation band your property is in, you can find out by contacting us, or by using the GOV.UK postcode search.