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Council Tax helps to pay for Council services including education and social services, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and Fire & Civil Defence. The Council receives money from the Government and income from Business Rates, although this is not enough to cover the whole cost of Council services. The difference is made up by the Council Tax.

What do you wish to do?

How can I pay?

You can pay your council tax in many ways from online to in person.

Ways to pay your council tax

Do I have to receive a paper bill?

eBilling is another way to receive your council tax bill. Instead of receiving paper bills you will be able to view your council tax bills online.

eBilling

What about if I change my address?

If you move house, it's important you tell us as soon as possible so we can send you a bill for council tax.

Tell us about your move

Discounts, Reductions and Exemptions

The full council tax bill for a property assumes it that it is the main home of two adults. If it is the main home of only one adult, the bill is reduced by 25%.

Single person discount

Council tax reductions

Further Information

Council Tax Bands:

Band Valuation Range (£) Council Tax 2018/2019
A 0 - 40,000 £972.62
B 40,001 - 52,000 £1,134.72
C 52,001 - 68,000 £1,296.82
D 68,001 - 88,000 £1,458.92
E 88,001 - 120,000 £1,783.14
F 120,001 - 160,000 £2,107.33
G 160,001 - 320,000 £2,431.54
H more than 320,000 £2,917.85

Banding appeals

Appeals concerning your banding should be made to the Listing Officer (not the Council) at:

Valuation Office Agency, Overline House, Central Station, Blechynden Terrace, Southampton, SO15 1GW or 03000 501 501

You may appeal about your banding if:

  • You have been liable for your property for less than 6 months and can demonstrate that its value at 1st April 1991 would have been such that it should be in a different band
  • You believe that your property's value has altered enough to merit an alteration in band, e.g. as a result of a change in the physical state of the area or the demolition/conversion of part of the property.

Please remember that all council tax valuations are based on April 1991 values; general changes in the level of house prices since then are not grounds for appeal. More detailed information is available from the Listing Officer at the above address.

Making an appeal does not allow you to withhold payment of council tax. If your appeal is successful, you will be credited with the amount of any overpaid tax

Who has to pay council tax?

Most dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented.

To work out who has to pay for your home (or "dwelling"), look down the list below. As soon as you reach a description which applies to someone in your home, that is the person who is responsible for the bill (the "liable person").

  • A resident freeholder (so, for owner-occupied property, the owner is liable)
  • A resident leaseholder (this includes assured tenants under the Housing Act 1988)
  • A resident statutory or secure tenant
  • A resident licensee
  • A resident
  • The owner (this applies where the dwelling has no residents)

A 'resident' is a person of 18 years or over who lives in the dwelling as their only or main home 

These rules mean that the owner-occupier(s) or resident tenant(s) [including Council tenant(s)] usually has to pay the tax. If the property is empty, or it is not anyone's main home, or if the people living there are under 18, the owner is responsible for the bill. Tenants do not have to pay Council Tax if their landlord lives in the dwelling. These rules do not apply in some special cases. If you require further details, please contact us.

Your bill explained

Council tax penalties

The law allows councils to impose a £70 penalty to any person who:

  • failed to notify the authority, without reasonable excuse, on any matter which affects entitlement to discount
  • failed to notify the authority that an exemption of their dwelling should have ceased
  • failed to notify the authority that they have become jointly liable for council tax
  • failed to supply the authority with information requested to establish liability
  • failed to provide the authority with information requested after a liability order has been obtained

Where a penalty has already been applied and additional requests for the same information are made further penalties of £280 per subsequent failure may be applied, provided that:

  • the information is in the debtors possession
  • the information has been requested by the local authority for the debtor to supply it
  • the information falls within a prescribed definition of information

Supporting financial information

Council Tax helps to pay for Council services including education and social services, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and Fire & Civil Defense. The Council receives money from the Government and income from Business Rates, although this is not enough to cover the whole cost of Council services. The difference is made up by the Council Tax.

Supporting financial information

Empty homes review

With the assistance of CapacityGrid, we are undertaking an Empty Homes Review across the borough to identify properties where our records indicate they are vacant, when in fact they are occupied. Capacitygrid is a specialist public sector service provider who is working with Dudley Council to conduct a review of empty properties.

If you receive a letter from them it is because the Council has a legal duty to maintain accurate records for the billing and collection of Council Tax. The purpose of the letter is to ensure the Council’s records are correct.

Information for Employers

The guide and fact sheets, found attached to this page, provide employers with regulatory information about Attachment of Earnings Orders.

Information For Employers In Respect of Attachment of Earnings Orders

Alternatively you can speak to Dudley Council Plus or write to us at Revenue Services, PO Box 3, Council House, Priory Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HG