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Council tax bands, charges and appeals

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) allocates a band to every property based on its value on 1 April 1991. Even if you live in a new property the VOA will work out the band based on what the property value would have been in 1991. Their website has more information on how Council Tax bands are assessed.

You can check your council tax band online.

Council tax charges

Your bill will let you know how much you need to pay. You can also download the list of charges by band and parish for 2020 to 2021.

Long term empty properties

These are properties which are unoccupied and unfurnished for six months or more. No discount is awarded. Where a property has remained unoccupied and unfurnished for 24 months or more an additional 100% premium will be added to the charge from April 1 2019.

Appeal your council tax band

You may be able to appeal your council tax band. For more information contact the Valuation Office on 03000 501501 or by post to: The Valuation Office Agency, 4400 Nash Court, Oxfordshire Business Park South, Garsington Road, Oxford, OX4 2RU.

If you appeal against your banding you must continue paying your council tax until a decision has been made.