Challenging or appealing your bill
If you think your Council Tax bill is wrong, you can ask us to check it. If you disagree with our decision, you can appeal to an independent tribunal. You can also appeal against your Council Tax band or the date of a completion notice.
Please choose the area your challenge relates to:
- discounts and exemptions
- Council Tax Reduction
- disabled band reduction
- court costs
- completion notice
- Council Tax band
Council Tax Reduction is a discount awarded to people on low incomes or claiming benefits.
Once you've applied for Council Tax Reduction and we've told you how much you'll get, you can ask us to check your bill if it doesn’t include Council Tax Reduction and you think it should, or if the amount of the reduction is wrong.
Court costs and court action can't be contested through the appeals process. However, if you'd like us to review our decision to take court action or charge costs, please challenge your bill.
Appealing to the Valuation Tribunal (VT)
If you still disagree with our decision after we've checked your bill, you can appeal to an independent tribunal. You must do this within 2 months of our reply to you after you've challenged your bill. You can also appeal to the VT if you haven't heard from us 2 months after challenging your bill.
You can't appeal to the tribunal unless you've challenged your bill first.
A completion notice tells you the date you must start paying Council Tax once your home has finished either being built or undergoing major improvements.
You must do this within 28 days of the date the completion notice was served.
Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), not the council.
You can challenge your Council Tax band if you think it’s wrong. The VOA will tell you how your band's been worked out. If they agree your band is wrong, they’ll put it right and we’ll then update your Council Tax bill.
Page last updated: 07 March 2018