Council Tax

The council makes a charge to each property to help pay for local services such as waste collection, libraries and schools. The amount you pay depends on the valuation band of your property.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) offers more information on how your property is valued.

Where does my Council Tax go?

The majority of your council tax goes to Hampshire County Council.

A proportion of your council tax also goes to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Challenge your Council Tax band

The amount of council tax you pay depends on your property’s valuation band.

If you think your valuation is wrong you can challenge your band. You must continue to pay your council tax until the result of the appeal is decided.

Who has to pay Council Tax?

You’ll usually have to pay council tax if you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home.

There is a council tax bill for each property and the people living there are jointly responsible for paying it.

However, the following people are not counted when your bill is worked out:

  • Children under 18
  • Apprentices paid no more than £195 a week
  • 18- and 19-year-olds in full-time education
  • Full-time college and university students
  • Student nurses
  • Foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • People who are in prison (unless they are in prison for not paying their council tax or a fine)
  • People in nursing homes and care homes
  • People with a severe mental impairment
  • Live-in carers who look after someone who isn’t their partner, husband or wife, or child
  • Foreign diplomats.