Your council tax bill is made up of two parts: 50 per cent is based on the number of people living in the property and their circumstances, and 50 per cent is based on a valuation band related to the market value of homes in the city on 1st April 1991.
Each home, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, is placed in one of eight valuation bands.
The current valuation bands are as follows:
| Range of Value || Ratio |
|Less than £40,000 ||6/9 |
|£40,001 - £52,000 ||7/9 |
|£52,001 - £68,000 ||8/9 |
|£68,001 - £88,000 ||9/9 (1) |
|£88,001 - £120,000 ||11/9 |
|£120,001 - £160,000 ||13/9 |
|£160,001 - £320,000 ||15/9 |
|Over £320,000 ||18/9 (2) |
If you are a potential buyer, please remember that if a home has been improved since 1991 it may be moved to a higher council tax band when the sale occurs.
Council tax charges are based on band D amounts. Everyone pays a charge based on a proportion of a band D amount, so a person in band A pays 6/9's of the band D value, while someone in band H pays twice as much as a person in band D. So if band D is set at £900, then a band A charge will be £600, and a band H will be £1,800.
You can check the valuation band of your own home and other properties by looking on the Valuation Office Agency website.