Which Council Tax Band Is My House In?

I received an email earlier from someone asking me what Council Tax band their property is in. I imagine many people have no idea. I bet there’s even a few lost souls out there that didn’t even realise there were different bands.

Why should I care which council tax band I’m in?

Council tax can ultimately play part in a decisive factor in whether someone is going to buy a property or rent a property. If the council tax seems to be financially unsuitable, it can break a deal. Consequently, it’s important to know which council tax band a property is in and know how much it will cost.

Council tax is typically paid by homeowners’ and renters’ over 18 that are responsible for the utility bills, although it was possible to qualify for an exemption or partial discount (explained further down).

Council tax banding

Usually the council tax banding is determined by the size and value of the property – it’s banded by a letter, from A to H. A being the least expensive, and H being the most expensive.

How to find out which council tax band your home is in

The band of every house in England, Wales & Scotland is public info via the following websites:

Know of a better way to find out the band? Let me know!

Council tax discounts & exemptions

According to the Gov website, you can qualify for a council tax discount in the following cases:

  • 25% discount if you live on your own
  • 25% discount if no-one else in your home counts as an adult (i.e. you’re the only *adult)
  • 50% discount if no-one living in your home, including yourself, counts as an *adult

You can qualify for total exemption from paying any Council Tax if everyone in your home, including yourself, is a full-time student.

*The following people are not counted as adults for Council Tax:

  • children under 18
  • people on some apprentice schemes
  • 18 and 19-year-olds in full-time education
  • full-time college and university students
  • young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
  • student nurses
  • foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • people with a severe mental impairment
  • live-in carers who look after someone who is not their partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • diplomats

14 Comments- Join The Conversation...

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Anne Rootes 9th September, 2009 @ 21:42

I am moving to a property and wondered what the council tax would be! The address is 33 Weighbridge Way, Raunds, Northamptonshire NN9 6TJ. It is a new build so I am finding it hard to trace what the cost will be? Any help please? It may be that the property will be occupied by myself and my children under 16?

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Michael Fletcher 15th October, 2009 @ 10:46

A totally useless website if you want to find the banding of a property

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Chris Petrou 19th September, 2010 @ 10:11

I totally agree with Michael Fletcher. I came on this website to find out what band my property is in. You should be able to go on line and find this information immediately! I will have to dig into my documents to look at my papers now. How simple it would have been to find this information on line. I am thinking of moving and would like to know which property is in which band - fat chance!!!!!

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twattybollocks 13th December, 2010 @ 13:41

What a complete bunch of idiots!

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julie Anderson 8th January, 2011 @ 15:41

Tried to find out the council tax of a property interested in buying.. Web site is useless for this..

Should not need name and billing code Why would resident need to know the cost of the council tax which they are already paying anyway?

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T.B 4th March, 2011 @ 14:54

Thanks. I found it easy to find out what the council tax banding of my new home is. Just followed the instructions and hey presto, it took a few seconds

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tina hughes 12th March, 2011 @ 19:16

im looking to move to towns mead sw6 but wanted to no how much the council tax would be thank you

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RSK 18th April, 2011 @ 17:56

What was supposed to be difficult about using the VOA website? You put in a postcode and it tells you the band. Not exactly jumping through hoops!
Or were people expecting it to report exactly how much council tax would be - which took about a minute further by going to the local authority website.

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M.F. 22nd June, 2011 @ 10:23

Agree with RSK and T.B, found the info I needed by using the link to the VOA website, easy peasy! Then on to my local authority to get the cost of council tax for my band. Took less than a minute. Don't quite understand why others leaving comments had such difficulty!

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Johnny handsome 8th March, 2012 @ 12:34

Rip of britan they just increased my council tax
Again because someone didn't agree with the banding

Let's all move to Australia

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SammySaysHi 22nd June, 2012 @ 21:26

I found this very useful thank you for the link...

For those asking what band there house is, check on the VOA link provided at the top of the page, type in the postcode. Easy peezy! If you want to know how much your tax band is. Go to your parish councils website. They list tax rates with each band there.

Simple!!

or just call your council office an they will tell you band and rate there.

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Big Jamsey 23rd May, 2013 @ 01:00

I cant believe some of these idiots on here complaining they cant find how much its costs? it takes about 20 seconds to find the band then a further 40 or so seconds to find the cost, do any of these plonkers know how to work the thing called the "internet"?

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Mr. W. Myers 25th April, 2014 @ 10:45

Owning our 3 bedroomed home,band rated D with a 4 bedroomed home with extention just down the road banded C. How come.

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Suzanne 11th June, 2014 @ 16:30

Mr Myers, the reason your neighbours house is banded higher than yours is because it's a four bedroomed home and is worth more in value than yours, therefore they may more council tax. A is the lowest and H is the highest.
Hope that helps

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