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How much is my council tax bill?

See how much your council tax will be and what this is made up of.

Check the  Icon for pdf Council tax by property band and parish area 2018/2019 (PDF, 446.6kb)  table to see our current council tax rates.

Which parish am I in?

You can find out your local parish by entering your address in the My Durham section of our website.

Which band is my property in?

Find out the council tax band for your home by searching the government's council tax valuation list.

Council tax information 2018/2019

More information about council tax and the council's budget for the current year is available in the following leaflets:

Emergency services information 2018/2019

How do we calculate council tax?

Council tax rates are based on two things, the value of the property and the people living there:


Council tax works by presuming two adults live in a property. There is no extra charge for more than two people but if you're living alone you'll pay 25% less. Other circumstances can also reduce your council tax, see our  section for more details.

If no one is living there, council tax is still charged at full rate, regardless of whether it's furnished or not. If a property has been empty for over two years, council tax is charged at 150%. Find out more about council tax on empty properties and second homes.


The amount of council tax you pay is also decided by which band you're in. These are based on what the value of your property was on 1 April 1991, not its current value.

A - Up to £40,000
B - £40,001 - £52,000
C - £52,001 - £68,000
D - £68,001 - £88,000
E - £88,001 - £120,000
F - £120,001 - £160,000 
G - £160,001 - £320,000
H - £320,000 and over

Valuations are controlled by the Valuation Office Agency rather than the council. If you'd like to appeal against the valuation, see our make an appeal about council tax page.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
01207 218 876
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