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Council tax valuation bands

Whether you own or rent a property, it will be put into one of eight valuation bands. There is one bill per household.

Council tax bands are issued by the listing officer at the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is part of HM Revenue and Customs. A full list of bands is available on the VOA website at www.voa.gov.uk

All council tax valuations are based on the price a property would have fetched on the open market on 1 April 1991.

Valuation bands

A Up to and including £40,000
B £40,001 to £52,000
C £52,001 to £68,000
D £68,001 to £88,000
E £88,001 to £120,000
F £120,001 to £160,000
G £160,001 to £320,000
H More than £320,000

Local discounts

In 2003 the government gave local authorities the power to introduce local discounts. These are or can be discounts that are relevant to people in the local area. However, in making these regulations the government also stated that the onus of paying for these discounts would fall to the local authority and thus on other council tax payers.

After considering the options open to the council we decided not to award any local discounts on a general basis at the present time. However that does not mean that individuals cannot apply for such a discount based on their individual circumstances and we would consider such an application. If you wish to submit an application you should do so in writing to: South Gloucestershire Council, Chief Executive and Corporate Resources, Revenues Services, PO Box 1953, Bristol BS37 0DB.

As part of the Localism Act, central government has extended this authority to give discount by removing some exemptions – details can be found on page 3.

The elected members have decided, from 1 April 2013, to remove the 10% discount for properties classed as ‘Second Homes’. All properties fulfilling the criteria under this class will now pay a full charge. Second Homes that are provided by an employer will not be affected by this change.

In addition, from 1 April 2013, properties that have been empty for two years or more will attract an empty homes premium. This premium is set at 50%, so properties that meet the criteria will attract a 150% charge.