All properties come under a band (A to H) which determines how much Council Tax should be paid on that property. The listing officer of the Valuation Office Agency is responsible for the valuation and banding of all properties. The valuations are based on the selling price as at 1st April 1991 and will not be affected by subsequent changes in house prices.
All new properties are valued and banded as if they had existed at 1 April 1991, not what they are actually sold for. Also because council tax bands reflect property values at 1st April 1991, any later improvements such as an extension or conservatory will not immediately affect the banding. However, Harlow Council does notify the Valuation Office Agency of any improvements as a revaluation and possible re-banding may occur if your property changes hands. The Valuation Office Agency will also check any material reduction in the value of your property, for example if part of the dwelling is demolished. In such cases, any re-banding will take effect immediately.
The bands and charges for the current year are as follows:
|Property valuation as at 1st April 1991||Band||Council Tax annual charge 2015/16||Council Tax annual charge 2014/15|
|Up to £40,000||A||£1,042.23||£1,037.71|
|£40,001 to £52,000||B||£1,215.93||£1,210.67|
|£52,001 to £68,000||C||£1,389.64||£1,383.62|
|£68,001 to £88,000||D||£1,563.34||£1,556.57|
|£88,001 to £120,000||E||£1,910.75||£1,902.47|
|£120,001 to £160,000||F||£2,258.16||£2,248.38|
|£160,001 to £320,000||G||£2,605.57||£2,594.28|
|More than £320,000||H||£3,126.68||£3,113.14|
How Council Tax is set and calculated for each band
Harlow Council will set its share of the Council Tax each year, taking into consideration its budget requirement, Essex County Council’s charge, the Police Crime Commissioner for Essex’s charge, the Essex Fire Authority charge, Government Grants, and the expected number of properties in each band, taken over the year as a whole.
The amount set is for band D and will be chargeable on all properties in that band. Properties above and below band D pay proportionally more or less council tax.
|Band||Council Tax annual charge proportion|
|A||6/9ths of the band D tax|
|B||7/9ths of the band D tax|
|C||8/9ths of the band D tax|
|D||the band D tax|
|E||11/9ths of the band D tax|
|F||13/9ths of the band D tax|
|G||15/9ths of the band D tax|
|H||18/9ths of the band D tax|
So the bill for a property in band A will always be 2/3rds of the bill for a property in band D, whereas the bill for a property in band H will always be twice the bill for band D. Band H properties will pay three times the amount payable by properties in band A.