General Council Tax Information
What does my Council Tax Pay for?
Your Council Tax helps to pay for a wide range of local services like policing and refuse collection. It applies to all domestic properties, including house, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes and houseboats, whether owned or rented.
There is one bill per property, whether it is owned or rented. The people who live in the property will normally have to pay the Council Tax.
We collect Council Tax on behalf of:
- Cambridgeshire County Council (including Adult Social Care)
- Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority
- Your local Parish Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
The amount you pay depends on:
- The valuation band of your property (set by the Valuation Office Agency).
- Whether you are entitled to any help with paying your bill though the Council Tax Benefit scheme.
- Any discount or exemption under Council Tax legislation due to your own personal circumstances.
I'd like to receive my bill by email instead of paper
You can now receive your Council Tax bill electronically by registering for an online account. During the registration process you'll be asked if you'd like to receive bills and notifications by email (or if you're already signed up, you can opt for electronic billing at any time).
You'll get your bills the same day they're issued and you'll always be up to date with your account.
How is my Council Tax calculated?
Read our webpage to find out how your bill is made up, including the charges set by individual Parishes and other Precepting Authorities.
Our Income and Expenditure
Please read our webpage to find out where the money to pay for the services provided by South Cambridgeshire District Council comes from, and what it's spent on.
Understanding Your Council Tax Bill
Please read our webpage to find out more information, you will find the leaflet that accompanies your bill, explaining how it is calculated.
Council Tax Instalment Scheme
Your bill will normally ask you to pay the Council Tax over ten monthly instalments. However, you can now have the option to pay over twelve months.
If you would prefer to pay over twelve months rather than the usual ten, please contact us to request this.
How can I find out what my Council Tax is for this year?
The document below shows the total Council Tax charged for 2019/20 for each band, by Parish. The charges shown in the tables are before any exemptions or discounts are applied.
Can I appeal if I disagree about some aspect of my Council Tax bill?
If you do not think you are liable for the Council Tax for the property you've been billed for, or you think an exemption or discount should be applied - you can appeal the decision.
You must first appeal to us directly in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter, to the Revenues Department. You must provide detailed reasons for your appeal to allow the matter to be reconsidered.
There is a further right to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal against the Council's decision, and more information can be found at their website here.
Permission for someone else to discuss my account
If you wish for someone to be able to discuss your Council Tax account with us on your behalf, please print, complete and return this permission to share document.
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