Council Tax bill explained
We send your Council Tax bill in February or March each year. Besides telling you how much Council Tax you have to pay, your tax bills contain quite a lot of other information:
View our full explanation of your Council Tax bill to help you to understand it better. You can also read the back of a Council Tax bill (PDF 92KB) for more information.
Select or click on the various parts of the form to find out more information about your Council Tax bill.
One or more persons can be responsible for paying the Council Tax bill.
Person(s) named on the Council Tax bill
The person or people named on the front of the bill are responsible for paying the Council Tax for the property. This will be either:
- the resident owner - someone who owns the property and lives in it
- a resident tenant - someone who rents the property and lives in it
- a sub-tenant - someone who rents the property and lives in it
- a resident
- the owner - if the property is not subject to a lease and no-one lives in the property
Two or more person(s) jointly liable
If there are two or more owners or tenants, they will be jointly responsible for paying the Council Tax, even if we only send the bill to one of them.
You are both, individually and together, responsible for making sure that your Council Tax is paid in full if:
- you have a husband or wife, or you live with someone as if you were married
- you and someone else are joint owners or tenants of a property
This includes same-sex couples who have entered into a civil partnership or those who live together as a couple but who have not entered into a civil partnership.
By requesting a copy of your Council Tax bill, we will send you a revised bill. This is not a copy of the original bill issued, your instalments will be recalculated over the remaining months for the current financial year, if you are not up-to-date when requesting a copy, your payments will increase. If you request the copy bill within 10 days of the next instalment date, it will automatically calculate from the next payment date.