Who must pay council tax

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – financial support for businesses and the self-employed

For information on assistance with business rates and government cash grants for businesses, go to our business rates pages  For those who are self-employed, we are providing financial assistance for the self-employed in the form of deferred council tax payments.

The government is providing a range of measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. For details, go to GOV.UK: business support and GOV.UK: financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

About council tax

Council tax must be paid for all properties.

Council tax is a local tax that councils must charge to help meet their costs. It covers about 27% of council’s costs. The rest comes from a variety of other sources.

Properties for which you may pay council tax include:

  • houses
  • flats
  • maisonettes
  • bungalows
  • mobile homes
  • houseboats

How council tax is worked out

You pay council tax for any property you live in, and you also pay council tax for unoccupied properties.

Every property in England, Wales and Scotland is given a band from A to H. The amount of council tax you have to pay depends on which band your property is in.

Apply for discounts or a refund

You can apply for a single person discount, a vacant property discount or a refund by logging-in to My Account. You can create an account if you don't already have one.

My Account - council tax

To apply for other types of discount, go to our council tax discounts section.