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Council Tax valuation bands and charges

The Valuation Office places all properties into a valuation band. The amount of Council Tax you pay depends upon your property band.

Most dwellings (whether rented or owned, lived in or not) are subject to Council Tax.

There is one bill per dwelling. Each dwelling has been placed into one of eight bands by the Listing Officer of the Valuation Office Agency according to its open market capital value on 1 April 1991.

Council Tax Valuation Bands on 1 April 1991
Valuation BandRange of values
A 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

All Council Tax valuations are based on the price a dwelling would have fetched if it had been sold on 1 April 1991, subject to certain assumptions. Any increase or fall in a dwelling's value because of general changes in the housing market since then will not affect its valuation.

You can check your Council Tax band on the central Government website. It will also be shown on your Council Tax bill.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole harmonisation

Since 1 April 2021, residents in the BCP area pay a standard Council Tax rate for their property band. Historically, the amount of Council Tax you paid differed depending on whether you lived in the Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole area.
 
This process of reaching equal levels of Council Tax is known as ‘harmonisation’, meaning that residents whose properties are in the same valuation band now pay the same amount.

Bands and charges

Each of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas charge different amounts for what you pay for the Charter Trustee. The amount you pay also depends on whether you live in a parished or unparished area. If you live in a parished area, your full Council Tax amount will be higher as you will be contributing towards your parish council services.

Unparished areas

Bournemouth

Unparished area 2021/22 bands and charges
BandBCP Council (£)Police (£)Fire (£)Bournemouth Charter Trustee (£)Total (£)Proportion of Band D
Band A 1,027.71 170.39 51.92 1.59 1,251.61 6/9
Band B 1,199.00 198.78 60.57 1.86 1,460.21 7/9
Band C 1,370.29 227.18 69.23 2.12 1,668.82 8/9
Band D 1,541.57 255.58 77.88 2.39 1,877.42 9/9
Band E 1,884.14 312.38 95.19 2.92 2,294.63 11/9
Band F 2,226,71 369.17 112.49 3.45 2,711.82 13/9
Band G 2,569.28 425.97 129.80 3.98 3.129.03 15/9
Band H 3,083.14 511.16 155.76 4.78 3,754.84 18/9

Christchurch

Unparished area 2021/22 bands and charges
BandBCP Council (£)Police (£)Fire (£)Total (£)
Band A 1,027.71 170.39 51.92 1,250.02
Band B 1,199.00 198.78 60.57 1,458.35
Band C 1,370.29 227.18 69.23 1,666.70
Band D 1,541.57 255.58 77.88 1,875.03
Band E 1,884.14 312.38 95.19 2,291.71
Band F 2.226.71  369.17 112.49 2,708.37
Band G 2,569.28 425.97 129.80 3,125.05
Band H 3,083.14 511.16  155.76 3,750.06

Poole

2021-22 aggregate amounts
 BandBCP CouncilPoliceFirePoole Charter Trust TotalProportion of Band D
Band A 1,027.71 170.39 51.92 1.43 1,251.45 6/9
Band B 1,199.00 198.78 60.57 1.66 1,460.01 7/9
Band C 1,370.29 227.18 69.23 1.9 1,668.60 8/9
Band D 1,541.57 255.58 77.88 2.14 1,877.17 9/9
Band E 1,884.14 312.38 95.19 2.62 2,294.33 11/9
Band F 2,226.71 369.17 112.49 3.09 2,711.46 13/9
Band G 2,569.28 425.97 129.80 3.57  3,128.62 15/9
Band H 3,083.14 511.16 155.76 4.28  3,754.34 18/9

Parished areas

Bournemouth

Throop and Holdenhurst Village Council 2021/22 bands and charges
BandCharge (£)
A 1,273.31
B 1,485.52
C 1,697.75
D 1,909.96
E 2,334.40
F 2,758.82
G 3,183.27
H 3,819.92

For details of this parish, please view the council minutes.

Christchurch


Christchurch parish: Christchurch Town
BandCharge (£)
Band A 1,278.73
Band B 1,491.84
Band C 1,704.98
Band D 1,918.09
Band E 2,344.34
Band F 2,770.57
Band G 3,196.82
Band H 3,836.18
Christchurch parish: Burton
BandCharge (£)
Band A 1,259.41
Band B 1,469.31
Band C 1,679.22
Band D 1,889.12
Band E 2,308.93
Band F 2,728.72
Band G 3,148.53
Band H 3,778.24
Christchurch parish: Highcliffe and Walkford
BandCharge (£)
Band A 1,267.35
Band B 1,478.56
Band C 1,689.80
Band D 1,901.02
Band E 2,323.48
Band F 2,745.91
Band G 3,168.37
Band H 3,802.04
Christchurch parish: Hurn
BandCharge (£)
Band A 1,269.55
Band B 1,481.14
Band C 1,692.74
Band D 1,904.33
Band E 2,327.52
Band F 2,750.69
Band G 3,173.88
Band H 3,808.66
Band D precepts: Parish and Town Councils
 Parish/Town 2020/21 Charge (£) 2021/22 Charge (£)
Burton Parish Council 13.11 14.09
Christchurch Town Council 42.22 43.06
Highcliffe and Walkford 25.86 25.99
Hurn Parish Council 29.30 29.30

If you’re moving home, you will need to tell us about your change in circumstances, including change of address.

Poole

There are no parished areas.

Appeals to the Valuation Office Agency

If you think the band of your property is wrong, you can appeal if:

  • you're the new owner of the dwelling and no appeal has previously been made based on the same facts; you must make an appeal within six months of becoming the tax payer
  • there has been a material reduction to the value of your property, for example part of it has been demolished
  • the Listing Officer has changed the band; this might happen when a property is sold, and the previous owner added an extension.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) decides the Council Tax bands for all domestic properties in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area. You can ask them to check your Council Tax Band or challenge your Council Tax band.
 
If you appeal, you must continue to pay your Council Tax until your appeal is decided. If you make a successful appeal, any money you have overpaid will be refunded to you.
 
Any appeal should be made in writing to the Listing Officer at Valuation Office Agency: