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The following systems will be unavailable from 2.00pm on Thursday 29 February until 7.30am on Tuesday 5 March: our online Council Tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Council Tax bands and how much you pay

Council Tax bands determine how much your Council Tax is. When you know your band and parish, you can look up how much Council Tax you pay.

Look up how much Council Tax you pay 

How much Council Tax you pay depends on your property's Council Tax band and where you live. Before looking this up, you need to know:

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) maintains the Council Tax Valuation List. This includes placing new properties within a Council Tax band, alterations, deletions, and maintenance of bands for properties when necessary.

To understand why your property is in a certain band, please visit How domestic properties are assessed for Council Tax bands.

If you'd like to appeal against the valuation, see our make an appeal about council tax page.

Get money off your bill

See how you can get money off your council tax bill. This includes single person discount (if you live alone you pay less Council Tax), and information about properties exempt from council tax.

Empty properties

If no one is living at a property, Council Tax is still charged at full rate, regardless of whether it's furnished or not. If a property is unfurnished, a premium may be added, based on how long the property has been empty. Find out more about Council Tax on empty properties and second homes.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Transactional and Customer Services
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP