Appeal against your Council Tax bill
There are two types of appeals against the amount of Council Tax you are being charged.
Appeals against the valuation band of your property
Usually you can only appeal against a valuation band within 6 months of either:
- becoming the Council Tax payer at the property
- the banding of your property being altered by the Valuation Office Agency
However you can make an appeal against the valuation band of your property at any time if:
- the value of the property has altered due to a material change, for example because part of the property has been demolished, or it has been turned into flats
- there have been changes to the local area which affect the value of the property
- you have started, or stopped, using the building for running a business
The valuation bands for properties are set by the Valuation Office Agency and appeals should be made directly to them.
Appeals against liability
You can also appeal if you think you should not be liable to pay Council Tax. This may be because:
- you are not the resident or the owner
- your property is exempt
- you think we have made a mistake calculating your bill
If you wish to appeal on these grounds please notify us in writing or by email, so that we can reconsider the case. Please explain why you believe you have been charged the wrong amount of Council Tax and provide evidence where possible to support your appeal.If your appeal is successful we will refund you any overpaid Council Tax.
If you make an appeal and you are still not satisfied with our decision (or you are not notified of a decision within 2 months of making your appeal) you can then appeal further to a Valuation Tribunal.
You will still be liable to pay Council Tax whilst an appeal is being considered. If you are having difficulties paying your Council Tax whilst an appeal is ongoing, or for any other reason please contact us.