Council tax helps to pay for the cost of local services such as bin collections and recycling services, environmental health and planning. If you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home, you’ll usually have to pay council tax
Each property is assigned to a band as set out below.
|Up to and including £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||More than £320,000|
The attached document tells you how much you will have to pay in 2015/16
Although we collect your council tax, Copeland Borough Council gets just 11.9% of it, the rest is spent by Cumbria County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.
Each band pays a different amount of council tax (A the lowest, to H the highest).
Your Council Tax bill tells you:
- how much you have to pay for the year
- how that amount has been worked out
- the dates you have to pay
The cost is usually split into 10 monthly payments. If the amount of council tax you have to pay changes during the year, you’ll get a new bill.
There are certain situations when a property is exempt from council tax. These are summarised below. If you are in any doubt, please contact us on 0845 054 8600 to discuss your particular circumstances.
|B||Empty dwellings under charity ownership and which have been unoccupied for less than six months.|
|D||Dwellings left empty by prisoners.|
|E||Dwellings left empty by people in hospitals and care homes.|
|F||Dwellings left empty by deceased persons where probate or letters of administration have not been granted. Or less than six months have elapsed since probate or letters of administration were granted.|
|G||Dwellings that are not allowed to be occupied by law|
|H||Empty dwellings for use by clergy.|
|I||Dwellings left empty by persons receiving care.|
|J||Dwellings left empty by persons providing care.|
|K||Dwellings left empty by students|
|M||Students’ halls of residence|
|N||Dwellings occupied only by students|
|O||Armed forces' barracks, messes and married quarters|
|P||Visiting forces' accommodation.|
|Q||Dwellings left empty where the liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy.|
|R||Dwellings consisting of a pitch or mooring which are not occupied by a caravan or boat.|
|S||Dwellings occupied by a person (or persons) under 18 years of age.|
|T||Empty annexes/granny flats which are difficult to let separately and where the liable person also lives on the premises.|
|U||Dwellings occupied only by a person (or persons) who have an enduring mental illness|
|V||Dwellings occupied by diplomats|
|W||Granny flats/annexes occupied by elderly or disabled relatives.|
If at any time you have reason to believe that your property may no longer be an exempt property, you must inform us within 21 days. Failure to do so may result in a penalty of £70 or £280 for a repeated failure.