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 Band||Range of values|
||Up to and including £40,000
||£40,001 - £52,000
||£52,001 - £68,000
||£68,001 - £88,000
||£88,001 - £120,000
||£120,001 - £160,000
||£160,001 - £320,000
||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 for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Unparished area 2022/23 bands and charges
|Band||BCP Council (£)||Police (£)||Fire (£)||Total (£)||Proportion of Band D|
Parished area 2022/23 bands and charges
|Location||Band A £||Band B £||Band C £||Band D £||Band E £||Band F £||Band G £||Band H £|
|Bournemouth Charter Trustees
|Bournemouth - Throop and Holdenhurst
|Highcliffe and Walkford
|Poole Charter Trustees
If you’re moving home, you will need to tell us about your change in circumstances, including change of address.
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: