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Council Tax valuation bands
Council Tax is charged on most properties. Each property belongs in one of nine bands according to its value on 1 April 2003.
Up to £44,000
|£162,001 to £223,000
|£44,001 to £65,000
£223,001 to £324,000
|£65,001 to £91,000
|£324,001 to £424,000
|£91,001 to £123,000
|£424,001 and above
|£123,001 to £162,000
Council Tax is not charged on certain properties (known as exempt properties). Exempt properties include properties occupied only by students, under 18’s, care leavers, the severely mentally impaired, annexes occupied by dependent relatives and properties that were lived in by people now in prison, hospital or a nursing or residential care home.
The following vacant properties are also exempt.
- properties which are empty and unfurnished can be exempt for up to six months. This can be extended to a maximum of 12 months if the vacant property requires or is undergoing major repair works/ structural alterations to make it habitable. The exemption will be awarded from the date the property was last occupied and is limited to a maximum of 12 months regardless of a change of owner or council tax payer.
- properties which are owned by a registered charity (maximum six months).
- waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted on (up to six months after probate).
- left empty by someone detained in prison or has moved to receive care in a hospital, home or elsewhere.
- left empty by someone who has moved to provide personal care to another person.
- left empty if the owner is a student.
- occupation prohibited by law.
- responsibility of a bankrupt’s trustee
- waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion.
- unoccupied caravan pitches or boat moorings.
- an annex which cannot be let separately from the main property without breaking planning conditions.
People with disabilities
If you (or a member of your household) are disabled, and part or all of the property has been adapted for a wheelchair, an extra room (other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) or a second bathroom or kitchen for the disabled person, we may reduce your bill. We can only reduce your bill to the next band below yours. If your home is in Band A the bill will be reduced by one ninth of the Band D charge.
Empty properties and second homes
Some empty properties will be exempt (see above). However, under Welsh Regulations, we have decided that properties classed as second homes or empty properties will not receive a discount.
You will get a 25% discount if only one person who is 18 or over lives in the property. Discounts may also apply to students, student nurses, youth training trainees, apprentices, 18 and 19 year olds who have just left school, people who are severely mentally impaired, people in prison, members of religious communities, care leavers, carers and people living in a residential care home or resident in a hospital.
Council Tax Reduction Scheme
This helps people on low incomes to pay their council tax bill. If you are on benefits or if you work and your income is below a certain level you may qualify. Please contact Customer Services on 0300 456 3559 or 0800 652 5422 for further information on how to claim.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) values domestic properties for council tax. You might need to contact the VOA if you think your council tax band is wrong. You can find out when you can challenge your band and what to do at www.gov.uk/challenge-council-tax-band. If you challenge your band, you must continue to pay council tax at your current band until your appeal is decided.
You can contact the VOA at www.gov.uk/contact-voa If you are unable to use the online service you can also contact the VOA on 03000 505 505.
Our Revenues Team will give you any help you need. If you need further information you can phone the team on 01633 644630 email: email@example.com
Discretionary Powers -From 1 April 2004, the Council has discretionary powers to extend the provision of discounts in individual cases, or to locally determined classes of property.