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Council Tax - General Information

Enclosed with the Council Tax bills is the Living in Rutland booklet  (PDF, 9MB).

All domestic properties are billed for Council Tax with each one being allocated into one of eight bands according to its market value on the 1st April 1991. Those in band A paying the lowest proportion up to those in band H paying the most. Further information is available at the central government .gov website

Information in respect of council tax banding appeals can also be found on the above website here. Additionally, information can be found in the documents at the bottom of this page.

What is my council tax band?

This will show on your bill, or can be found by entering the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) website

Moving In or Out and Changes in Occupation

If you become the owner or tenant of a property, or if you move in, then you must register for council tax. You also need to tell us if the number of occupiers changes so that we can calculate any exemption or discount that you may be entitled to. You can do this by using the contact details at the top of this page or by downloading and completing an occupation formvacation form, change of circumstance form or by using our online change of circumstances form.


The Council Tax charges for this year can be found on the Council Tax Charges Page.

Paying Your Council Tax

See the Making Payments section for ways to pay your Council Tax and to make a payment online.

Reductions in the Amount to Pay

  • If you think your property is in the wrong band then you may be able to appeal.
  • You can only appeal against your banding if you moved in recently or if you believe a mistake was made when your property was first banded.
  • Banding appeals are dealt with by the Valuation Office Agency and more information can be found on their website.
  • You should note that if they can review your banding it could be reduced or increased.
  • You must still pay your instalments as shown on your bill pending the result of any appeal.

The full Council Tax charge assumes there are two people aged over 18 in a property and that they are both counted. If this is not the case then you could receive a reduction in the amount you have to pay. To find out if you may be entitled to a reduction use the links below:

In addition to any other reductions you may be entitled to Council Tax Support, and/or we can award a discretionary discount on an individual basis if your circumstances are exceptional. Please visit our Local Council Tax Support Scheme page for details of the Discretionary Fund.

Do remember, if you receive a reduction and your circumstances change you must tell us within 21 days or you may face a penalty charge. 

Further Information

For information about the use of personal data, or for details about making a data request, please visit our Data Protection Act Page.

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