What is Council Tax?
Council Tax is the local taxpayer's contribution towards the cost of services provided.
It is an important part of the financing of local government. The present system was bought into effect from 1 April 1993 and replaced the Community Charges system.
It helps to pay for the spending of the local authorities in your area. The rest of the spending is provided by:
- government grants
- non-domestic rates
- fees, charges and other income
All of the authorities provide services in your area and their spending plans are detailed separately in the information accompanying the initial bill.
Council Tax is the local taxpayer's contribution towards the cost of services provided. Swale Borough Council collects Council Tax on behalf of Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime
Commissioner, Kent Fire and Rescue and the Town and Parish Councils, as well as the charge for its own services.
If you have any questions about Council Tax please contact us using the details at the top of this page.
What Council Tax band is my property?
To find out the Council Tax Band of your property you can use our 'Find Your Nearest' service. simply put in your post code and select the Council Tax option.
Most properties will be subject to Council Tax. There will be one notice per property whether it is owned or rented. Properties include houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes, holiday chalets and houseboats. Each property has been allocated to one of the following eight bands according to its open market value as at 1 April 1991.