Introduction to council tax

Council Tax Discretionary Discounts and Council Tax Support Scheme 2017/18

During a meeting of full council held on 15 December 2016, councillors agreed a Council Tax Discretionary Discounts and Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18. Details of the Council Tax Support Scheme are below.

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Council tax

The council tax band applied to each domestic property is determined by the Valuation Office Agency and is based on factors such as the market value of the property on 1 April 1991. If you feel that the council tax band that has been applied to your property is incorrect, you do have the right to appeal against this. All appeals are dealt with by the Valuation Office, and they can be contacted at: The Valuation Office, Overline House, Central Station, Blechynden Terrace, SO25 2GW or phone 03000 501 501. You can also find out more information about valuation matters on their website:

For information on how your council tax is spent, please read our guide to council tax.

Council tax completion notice

A completion notice is issued under schedule 4a of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, where a newly erected or altered building has been substantially completed for the purpose of council tax valuation, or the work remaining to be done on the building can reasonably be expected to be completed within a period of up to three months.

Please use the form below to confirm that you agree the completion notice date for a property.

Completion notice agreement

Council tax support

Council tax support can help pay towards some or all of your council tax bill if you are:

  • on a low income
  • in receipt of benefit (for example job seekers allowance, employment support allowance, guaranteed pension credit)
  • home owner or tenant

Find out if you are entitled to council tax support.

Contact details

Local Tax

If you have an enquiry about council tax, send a message to the Local Tax Team.


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