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How is the banding of my property decided?
The Listing Officer of the Valuation Office Agency is responsible for the valuation and banding of all properties. The valuations are based on the selling price as at 1st April 1991 and will not be affected by subsequent changes in house prices. All new properties are valued and banded as if they had existed at 1st April 1991, not what they are actually sold for.
A Up to £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
You may check the banding of your property by using the band search facility in the related links below.
What happens if I make alterations to my property?
Council Tax Bands reflect property values at 1st April 1991, so any later improvements such as an extension or conservatory will not immediately affect the banding.
The Council notifies the Valuation Office Agency of any improvements as a revaluation and possible rebanding may occur if your property changes hands.
Any material reduction in the value of your property, for example a demolition of part of the dwelling, will also be checked by the Listing Officer. In such cases, any rebanding will take effect immediately.
The grounds for appeal against banding are restricted to the following cases:
- Where you believe that the banding should be changed because there has been a material increase or material reduction, (this is explained later) in your property value:
- Where you start or stop using part of your dwelling to carry out a business, or the balance between domestic and business use changes;
- Where the Valuation Office has altered a valuation band without a proposal having been made by a taxpayer;
- Where you become the taxpayer of a dwelling for the first time. (Your appeal must be made within six months, but if the same appeal has already been considered and determined by a Valuation Tribunal, it cannot be made again).
A material increase in the value of your property may result from building or other work carried out on the dwelling. In these cases the property would not be rebanded until after a sale, so the person appealing would usually be the new owner or resident.
A material reduction in the value of your property may result from the demolition of any part of the dwelling, any change in the physical state of the local area or an adaptation to make the dwelling suitable for use by someone with a physical disability. In these cases the revaluation should take place as soon as possible.
Making an appeal does not allow you to withhold payment of Council Tax. If your appeal is successful you will be entitled to a refund of any overpaid Council Tax.
Any appeal should be made in writing to:
Valuation Office Agency
Castle Meadow Road
Telephone 03000 501501
What happens if I disagree with the decision made?
If an appeal is not resolved by contact with the Valuation Office, you may further appeal to the London Valuation Tribunal . This tribunal, whose address is below, is independent to the Valuation Office.
2nd Floor Black Lion House
45 Whitechapel Road
Telephone: 0300 123 2035
Facsimile: 020 7247 6598
Further details of the appeals procedures, including the role of the Valuation Tribunals may be obtained from their website in the Related Links section.
How much will I have to pay?
Council Tax amounts for town and parish area 2013/14
The chart below shows how much Council Tax you have to pay, including parish council spending, depending on where you live and which valuation band your home is in. Parish and town councils need extra money to pay for things like community centres, footpaths and extra street lighting.
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For information about how your Council Tax for 2013/14 is calculated please see the links to Essex County Council , Essex Police Authority, Essex Fire Authority and Rochford District Council financial information in the Related Links and Documents section at the bottom of this page.
Previous years combined leaflets in conjunction with Essex County Council, Rochford District Council, Essex Fire Authority and Essex Police Authority:
|A guide to your Council Tax 2012/13||PDF 3mb|
|A guide to your Council Tax 2011/12||PDF 3mb|
Parish Council expenditure
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|Policy and Finance committee||182||227|
|King George V playing fields committee||97||69|