Council Tax Bands and Charges

The Valuation Office places all properties into a valuation band. The amount of Council Tax you pay depends upon your property band

Council Tax Scams - Don't be a Victim

There are a number of Council Tax scams targeting the Bournemouth area recently. These are to do with Rebanding, Refunds and Payments.

Council Tax is made up of three parts (known as precepts):

  • fire
  • police
  • council.

The list below shows the amount of Council Tax you have to pay in 2019/20, depending upon your property valuation band. 

What is my valuation band?

Your Council Tax bill shows which band your property is in. You can also see Council Tax Bands for all domestic properties in Bournemouth (and the whole of England and Wales) as provided by the Valuation Office.

Council Tax Harmonisation

Historically, the amount of Council Tax you paid for your council services differed, based on whether you lived in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole. 

To address this issue in a way that is fair to all residents, BCP Council and the Government has agreed a process known as Council Tax harmonisation. This means that, over an agreed period of time, the three council tax levels within the BCP Council area will eventually become the same.

The process of Council Tax harmonisation for BCP Council is based on the following principles:

  • Council Tax levels levied by BCP Council will not exceed the maximum annual increase permitted by the Government.

  • Council Tax bills for Christchurch households will be frozen or reduced until the harmonised rate is achieved across the entire BCP Council area.  

Bands and Charges of the other BCP areas

Disputing your Valuation Band

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) decides the Council Tax Bands for all domestic properties in Bournemouth. You can ask them to check your Council Tax Band or challenge your Council Tax Band.