Bournemouth Council

What is Council Tax?

All domestic properties in the UK are charged council tax

Council tax helps to pay for council services as well as Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services.

Most homes have to pay council tax. There’s only one bill per household. 

Who pays council tax?

You need to be over 18 to pay for council tax and one of the following:

  • A freeholder who lives in the property
  • A leaseholder that lives in the property
  • A tenant who lives in the property
  • Someone with a licence to live in the property
  • Any other person (including squatters)

If nobody lives in the property, the owner still needs to pay council tax if they are the freeholder or leaseholder. 

A Guide to your Council Tax

Our leaflet on council tax bills explains how we spend your council tax on local services.

Contact Us

Telephone

General Enquiries

01202 451597

Council Tax Recovery

01202 451596

24hr Debit/Credit Card Payments

0330 088 7966

Address

Revenue and Benefits

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

Online

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